Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chiropractic care in the Olympics

Chiropractic Care Included in 2010 Olympic Vancouver Winter Games at On-Site

Polyclinic – A First for Olympic Athletes

Source Southern California University of Health Sciences

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, include chiropractic care inside the Olympic Village Polyclinic, a multi-disciplinary facility offering comprehensive healthcare and medical services.

While DCs (Doctors of Chiropractic) have historically been included on the Olympic medical staff, this year’s events mark the first time that DCs from the host country will be treating athletes and officials from around the world directly inside the Polyclinic.

“This is an historic event not only for the chiropractic profession, but also the athletes who will now have access to the care that will help them prepare their bodies for competition,” states Michael Reed, DC, MS, DACBSP, and team USA’s medical director (USOC). “These athletes train hard and endure significant physical demands. Sports-focused DCs, along with other members of the sports medicine team, are specially skilled to assist them in reaching peak performance.”

Chiropractic care has experienced several major moments in Olympic history, dating back to Leroy Perry, DC, who provided chiropractic care to athletes representing Antigua during the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada. During the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY, George Goodheart, DC, became the first official chiropractor appointed to the U.S. team.
With each subsequent Olympic Games and Pan American Games, the U.S. teams — along with a growing number of other national teams — have included at least one doctor of chiropractic on their medical staff.

“Inclusion inside the Polyclinic is another major milestone for the chiropractic profession, and we are grateful to the host city of Vancouver, the head of medical services at the Polyclinic, Jack Taunton, MD, and to Robert Armitage, DC, who helped make this possible,” says USOC Director of Sports Medicine Clinics, Bill Moreau, DC, DACBSP.

World class athletes utilize Chiropractic care to keep them aligned and free of nervous system interference for that competitive edge.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Posture's newest Ally

In our Chiropractic practice we work on improving patients posture through a combination of Chiropractic care,Core Strengthing using the SpineForce and kinesiolgy tape. One specific application that all of our patients love is the
Postural Spider.

Posture's Newest Ally

Dr. Kevin D. Jardine

The scapula is frequently involved, yet seldom symptomatically, in the majority of shoulder girdle conditions. With the shoulder relying on soft tissue control and coordination to provide stability, any deficiency in the required muscles performing their functions can alter the function of the shoulder. Proper coordinated co-activation of the shoulder musculature along with proper scapular positioning is necessary in order to minimize the mechanical stresses imposed on the articular and myofascial structures around the shoulder.

Dysfunction in the normal scapulothoracic rhythm is associated with many common shoulder
injuries. Common alterations in the positioning of the scapula can include:

Excessive protraction of the scapula during arm movements leading to anterior positioning of the head of the humerus.
Superior displacement of the humerus within the joint leading to pinching of the space between the acromion and the humerus.
The shoulder blade sitting too high on the back leading to the acromion being tilted anteriorly therefore increasing the likely hood of impingement.
The classical case of impingement syndrome includes a patient with a primary complaint of pain over the tip of the shoulder radiating over the upper lateral arm with movements involving horizontal abduction of the arm. With visual observation we can see that the patient has anteriorly rounded shoulders and protracted scapulae bilaterally. In providing training for this client to strengthen and rehabilitate the rotator cuff we must address the scapular positioning issue in order to reduce the mechanical strain imposed on the joints and muscles affected. If left unaltered, the poor positioning of the scapulae will continue to stress the adjacent structures in the kinetic chain which have had to compensate. This can result in accelerated wear and tear and eventually structural breakdown.

To address the issue of scapular positioning, we will apply a Postural Spider™ to the mid back of the patient. The Postural Spider™ is a kinesiology taping application which is pre-designed and ready to apply belonging to the comprehensive line of SpiderTech™ applications. The application may be worn continuously for up to five days in which the client can exercise and shower. SpiderTech™ is an innovative functional medicine approach to modulate pain and myofascial dysfunction through the use of specialized pre-cut elastic tape applications. There are 3 possible variations for application, depending on the therapeutic objectives and the client’s condition, including Microcirculatory applications, neurosensory applications, and the one we will be demonstrating here, Structural applications.

Structural applications are designed to dynamically support better static and dynamic postural positions; provide relative immobility in order to prevent harmful ranges of motion without a hard end feel; and reduce strain on affected muscles and joints.

Structural applications involve applying the tape while it is stretched to the desired level of tension while the body part is held in a neutral position. This allows for the muscle and joint to move with more natural barriers to faulty postures and ranges of motion which may be harmful. SpiderTech’s™ Postural Spider application can address a concern most therapist have when addressing proper shoulder girdle posture, the ability to maintain proper positioning even when the client is not consciously aware of maintaining the ideal postures.

The improvement in posture and scapular stabilization allows for overhead arm elevations without the risk of impingement. Once the scapula is stabilized, the client can then condition the appropriate musculature to develop the proper strength and length/tension relationship of the muscles involved. Current evidence has shown that rehabilitation protocols that emphasize restoring normal functional stability and movement, along with proper biomechanics, have higher rates of successful outcomes.

Taking an integrative and comprehensive approach to shoulder conditions will provide enhanced training and therapeutic outcomes with the scapula playing a crucial role.

Dr. Kevin D. Jardine is a chiropractor and CEO of a Toronto based multidisciplinary sports therapy clinic called The Urban Athlete and co-inventor and designer of SpiderTech™.
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Can you guarantee spinal decompression works?

I often have patients ask me if I can guarantee that Spinal decompression works,and the response is that I cannot- because although this treatment is highly effective for 86% of patient population some do not respond favorably.
On a side note there are no guarantees with surgery, especially that you will even wake up,Just look what happened to Charlie Wilson.

I posted below several misconceptions about spinal decompression below:

Every year millions of Americans suffer from back pain. For many, back pain leads to non-surgical spinal decompression treatments. Even though this treatment has been around for years, there are still misconceptions about what it is and how it is used. Here we will go over some of those common misconceptions and set the record straight.
Misconception #1: Spinal Decompression is Painful - Besides being untrue, this is actually the exact opposite of the truth. Most patients find the procedure relaxing. Some even fall asleep during treatments. Patients lie down on a table and watch TV or listen to their Ipod as the machine works.

Misconception #2: Spinal Decompression is Expensive - This all depends on how you look at it. Sometimes it is covered by insurance, making it very affordable. Even when it is not covered by your insurance, if you compare it to the cost of surgery, spinal decompression is cheaper. This does not even include the money you would lose from time lost recovering from surgery. There is no down time from spinal decompression.

Misconception #3: Spinal Decompression Works for Everyone - Another big misconception is that if you have a slipped disc or herniated disc then spinal decompression will work for you. As much as chiropractors would like this to be true, it is not. There is no guarantee that any treatment will work. Not everyone qualifies for spinal decompression. You will have to be evaluated to see if your condition meets the requirements.

Misconception #4: Inversion Tables do the Same Thing - Frankly, I am not sure how this rumor got started. Inversion tables are not the same thing. Spinal decompression requires special FDA approved equipment run by a licensed chiropractor. There is no way you can get the same results and the same treatment at home. Inversion tables are completely different and will not give you the same results.

Misconception #5: Spinal Decompression and Spinal Surgery Have the Same Results - Thankfully, this is not true either. Spinal surgery has a shockingly low rate of success. In fact, the majority of patients will experience pain even after having surgery. Spinal decompression, on the other hand, has an exceedingly high success rate. In addition, patients do not lose time from missing work and there is no pain experienced with the procedure.

Misconception #6: All Chiropractors Give the Same Spinal Decompression Treatment - Again, this is a myth that needs to be stopped. Not all chiropractors are the same. Different chiropractors will offer different services. When choosing a chiropractor for your spinal decompression treatments, you will want to base the decision on a variety of factors. First, does the chiropractor work with a team? You will want to make sure you can get physical therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic services all in the same office. Second, does the chiropractor work well with you? No sense going to a chiropractor that doesn't listen to you. You want to find a chiropractor that will work with you to develop a plan of recovery that may or may not include spinal decompression. Finally, you need a chiropractor and staff you can trust. Do they greet you with a friendly smile? Do they guarantee you will get the same day appointment? You need someone who is willing to see you when you need to be seen. You need someone you can trust to be there for you.
Also not all spinal decompression are the same, be sure to insist on the highest possible quality medical equipment like the DRX 9000 spinal decompression machine.
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Spinal decompression in NYC with Herniated disc specialist-Dr.Steven Shoshany