“Chiropractic Biophysics® Eases Decades-Long Chronic Spinal Pain: A Success Story with Three-Year Follow-Up”

Chronic pain is far more common that you might think, so if you or a loved one has become frustrated with long term pain, it might be a good idea to give the most evidence based and researched chiropractic strategy a try.

Research Summary

Chronic Widespread Spinal Pain (CWSP) is a persistent condition causing significant disability and reduced quality of life. Traditional treatments often provide limited relief. A recent case report highlights positive outcomes using Chiropractic Biophysics® (CBP®), a conservative approach, in a 60-year-old man suffering from CWSP for decades.

The patient, who experienced chronic low back pain, mid-back pain, neck pain, headaches, and radiculopathy, sought relief after years of unsuccessful over-the-counter medications. The study utilized CBP® protocol, a method focusing on spine alignment and overall postural improvement. After 12 sessions, the patient reported significant improvements in patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and measured postural and spine abnormalities.

Following brief continued treatment and the incorporation of home exercises and postural orthoses, the patient’s progress continued. One year after the initial assessment, all subjective and objective measures showed improvement, and this positive trend persisted at the three-year follow-up.

The study emphasizes the economic, effective, and repeatable nature of CBP® for treating chronic spinal pain. While larger studies are challenging, the positive outcomes in this case suggest that further research, including randomized controlled trials (RCTs), is warranted. This approach has the potential to reduce the global burden of disease related to chronic spinal pain and improve patient-reported outcomes.(1)

  1. Haas J W, Fortner M, Oakley P A, et al. (January 03, 2024) Chronic Widespread Spinal Pain (CWSP) Alleviated With Chiropractic Biophysics®: A Case Report With Three-Year Follow-Up. Cureus 16(1): e51620. DOI 10.7759/cureus.51620
Will my back pain ever go away?

Introduction

Back pain is an unwelcome companion for many, affecting not only our physical well-being but also our overall quality of life. The nagging question for those grappling with chronic back pain often is, “Will my back pain ever go away?” In this exploration, we’ll delve into a holistic approach called Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) that goes beyond traditional methods, providing hope for those like Chris—a talented chef whose career and daily life were hindered by persistent lower back pain.

Understanding the Complexity of Back Pain

Back pain is a multifaceted issue, stemming from a variety of causes such as poor posture, muscle imbalances, herniated discs, or spinal misalignments. While conventional treatments like chiropractic adjustments, massage, physiotherapy, and medications can offer relief, they may fall short in addressing the underlying structural problems that contribute to chronic back pain.

The CBP Difference

Chiropractic Biophysics stands out by taking a comprehensive approach to spinal health. Through advanced diagnostic techniques and targeted therapies, CBP aims to uncover and address the root causes of back pain, offering long-lasting solutions. Here are key strategies that CBP employs, differentiating it from traditional methods:

Precise Diagnosis with Weightbearing Digital X-rays:

  • Chris, our chef protagonist, was no stranger to long hours in the kitchen. His lower back pain had progressed to the point where it was impacting not only his work but also his time with family. Turning to CBP, he underwent a thorough examination that included weightbearing digital X-rays. These X-rays provided a three-dimensional insight into his spine, revealing misalignments and postural issues contributing to his chronic pain.

In-Office Three-Dimensional Spinal Traction:

  • Unlike traditional chiropractic adjustments, CBP incorporates in-office three-dimensional spinal traction. For Chris, this translated to gentle and controlled stretching of his spine, targeting misalignments and gradually restoring the natural curvature. This advanced traction technique was a game-changer, going beyond what conventional methods had offered him in the past.

Mirror Image Exercises:

  • Chris’s CBP treatment plan included mirror image exercises designed to address muscle imbalances. As a chef, he often found himself in physically demanding positions, exacerbating his back issues. These exercises aimed to strengthen and retrain his muscles, providing a foundation for improved spinal health.

Specific Spinal Adjustments:

  • CBP chiropractors, armed with insights from diagnostic tools, administered specific spinal adjustments tailored to Chris’s unique structural needs. These adjustments were precise, targeting the root causes identified through the diagnostic process, offering a more targeted and effective approach compared to traditional chiropractic care.

Chris’s Journey to Recovery

Now, let’s dive into Chris’s story. A skilled chef working in a prestigious restaurant, Chris’s passion for creating culinary masterpieces was eclipsed by the persistent lower back pain that had become a constant companion. As his pain intensified, he found himself unable to fully enjoy his work, impacting not only his career but also his interactions with his two young children on his down days.

Frustrated and yearning for a solution, Chris decided to explore Chiropractic Biophysics. The weightbearing digital X-rays revealed a clearer picture of his spinal misalignments, and the CBP chiropractor crafted a personalized treatment plan to address the specific issues Chris was facing.

The in-office three-dimensional spinal traction sessions brought relief, and as Chris progressed with the mirror image exercises, he felt a strengthening of his core muscles. The specific spinal adjustments, fine-tuned to his unique needs, marked a turning point in his journey to recovery.

The Transformation

As the weeks passed, Chris experienced a remarkable transformation. The chronic lower back pain that had once limited his movements and joy was gradually replaced by a newfound sense of freedom. Back in the kitchen, Chris rediscovered the joy of crafting culinary delights without the constant reminder of pain.

Equally important, his evenings at home with his kids took on a new light. With renewed energy and a pain-free existence, Chris found himself more engaged, actively participating in activities with his children, and enjoying the quality time that had been elusive during the days of persistent back pain.

Conclusion: A Call to Action for a Pain-Free Future

So, will your back pain ever go away? If you find yourself resonating with Chris’s story, perhaps it’s time to consider the transformative potential of Chiropractic Biophysics. Beyond the temporary relief offered by traditional methods, CBP aims to correct the underlying issues, providing a foundation for long-term spinal health.

If you’re skeptical or hesitant, take a cue from Chris. His journey from a chef burdened by chronic back pain to a revitalized professional and engaged parent is a testament to the efficacy of CBP. Don’t let back pain dictate your life—schedule a consultation with a certified CBP chiropractor today and take the first step toward a pain-free future. Your spine, much like Chris’s, deserves the opportunity to thrive.

How Head Position Affects How You Walk and Jump

Researchers wanted to see how head movement (and posture) affects how you walk and jump(1). This study found there are strong connections between how the head is positioned and how well the rest of your body moves. This is important because it shows that your head position matters for how you perform activities like walking, jumping and perform in your sport of choice.

Head Movements and How You Move

When the athletes in this study had their head tilted or moved to the side, it impacted their performance. So if you have abnormal posture, your body cannot move and perform at its best.

The also discovered that younger university students tend to have their heads leaning forward. This is an important finding because it means that even young people can have problems with their head posture that affect how they move and perform in sports and life.

How We Tested Athletic Skills

The test the researchers used was a counter movement jump test and it’s a way to measure how strong their legs are and how high they could jump. They also added a variation where you swing your arms during the jump to see if it made a difference.

The researchers found that the position the head affects how your brain and body work together to perform these activities. So if you have an athlete with poor head position and a competitor with good posture, the good postured athlete can perform better and come out stronger in the end, even though they may not be as “strong” in the gym.

Why Head Posture Matters

From this research we discovered that the way you hold your head can mess up how your body works. When your head isn’t in the right position, it can throw off how your brain and body talk to each other. This can make you not move as well and perform poorer in your sports and everyday life.

To do activities like jumping and walking, your brain needs to get information from your body. When your head is in the wrong position, this information can get mixed up, making it harder for you to move correctly. This is like having a bad connection between your brain and your muscles.

Looking at the Bigger Picture

Most studies only focus on how the head moves forward and backward. We found that it’s also important to look at how the head moves to the side. This is a new discovery that can help us understand how head posture affects our movements.

How Posture Affects Walking

When we walk, our body needs to be in the right position. If our head is not aligned properly, it can make walking harder. We found that head posture can change how we walk. This means that how you hold your head affects how you walk and can make you walk unevenly.

Limitations of the Study

This study had some limitations. The researchers only tested young and healthy people, so we’re not sure if the same things apply to older or less healthy individuals. We also didn’t look at how the spine and pelvis affect these movements. This is something that future studies can explore.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the way you hold your head can affect how you walk and jump and perform in sports and everyday life. It’s not just about forward and backward movements; it’s also about side-to-side movements. Understanding these connections can help us improve our posture and movement. Future studies can explore this further and help us move better.

References

  1. Are Rotations and Translations of Head Posture Related to Gait and Jump Parameters? by Nabil Saad ,Ibrahim M. Moustafa, Amal Ahbouch, Nour Mustafa Alsaafin, Paul A. Oakley and Deed E. Harrison.

https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/12/19/6211

Back to Bliss: Tips and Insights for Managing Scoliosis and Hyperkyphosis

“A Journey to Successfully Managing Scoliosis”

Living with scoliosis can be challenging, but I want to share my personal journey and insights on how I successfully managed scoliosis with a combination of advanced chiropractic biophysics adjustments, specialized exercise protocols, 3 dimensional spinal traction, spinal traction at home, and the support of a certified ScoliBrace doctor.

Tip 1: Find an Advanced Chiropractic Biophysics Certified Office

My journey began when I discovered the power of Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) and found a certified office. Dr. Jenkins (Dr. J) at Lighthouse Chiropractic in Kelowna, an advanced certified doctor in CBP, became my beacon of hope. He and Dr. Gage, who you will hear of later in this post, are the only 2 advanced certified doctors on the West Coast of Canada. Dr. J explained the importance of spinal alignment and how it directly impacts scoliosis. Chiropractic adjustments in an advanced CBP certified office are designed to correct spinal misalignments, providing targeted care that’s specific to your condition.

I can’t stress enough how vital it is to choose the right chiropractor, someone who understands the intricacies of scoliosis. Dr. J and his team were not only knowledgeable but also incredibly empathetic, making me feel safe and supported throughout my journey.

Tip 2: Embrace ScoliCare Exercise Protocols

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, Dr. J introduced me to the world of ScoliCare exercise protocols. These exercises were tailored to my condition and focused on strengthening the muscles around my spine. They helped me improve my posture and relieve the discomfort associated with scoliosis.

Committing to a regular exercise routine, specifically designed for my needs, was a game-changer. These exercises, when done consistently, played a significant role in managing my scoliosis over time.

Tip 3: Explore the Three-Dimensional Denneroll Table Traction

One of the innovative treatments I experienced at Lighthouse was the Three-Dimensional Denneroll Table Traction. This table allows for targeted stretching and alignment of my spine. It was a surreal feeling to lie on the table and feel my body gradually adjust over time.

These sessions were not only physically beneficial but also incredibly relaxing. The three-dimensional approach helped me address the curvature of my spine from multiple angles, offering long-term relief and improvement.

Tip 4: Home ScoliRoll Spinal Traction

Continuing the benefits of spinal traction at home was a crucial part of my management strategy. Dr. J recommended using a ScoliRoll device, specifically designed for scoliosis patients. This device allowed me to maintain the progress achieved during my office visits.

By incorporating the ScoliRoll into my daily routine, I was able to provide ongoing care to my spine, preventing the curvature from worsening. It’s a simple yet effective way to stay proactive in your scoliosis management.

Tip 5: Co-Management with a Certified ScoliBrace Doctor

Managing scoliosis is not a solo journey. It’s essential to have a support network in place. Co-managing your scoliosis with a certified ScoliBrace doctor can make a world of difference. The ScoliBrace is a specialized brace designed to support and stabilize the spine.

Dr. Brad gage, in coordination with Dr. J, helped me get fitted for a ScoliBrace that provided the additional support my spine needed. The brace was comfortable to wear and discreet, allowing me to continue my daily activities without feeling self-conscious.

Tip 6: Patience and Perseverance

Scoliosis management is a journey, and it’s important to remember that progress takes time. There were moments when I felt frustrated or discouraged, but I learned the power of patience and perseverance. The combination of chiropractic adjustments, exercise, traction, and bracing took time to show significant results.

I found that keeping a positive mindset and staying committed to my routine made a remarkable difference. I celebrated small victories along the way and used setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow.

Tip 7: Regular Check-Ins and Adjustments

Scoliosis is a dynamic condition, and it’s essential to stay vigilant. Regular check-ins with Dr. J and Dr. Gage were crucial. They made necessary adjustments to my treatment plan as my spine evolved, ensuring that I was always receiving the most effective care.

Managing scoliosis is a journey that requires commitment, the right team of experts, and a combination of treatments tailored to your unique needs. My journey has been challenging, but it has also been incredibly rewarding. With the support of advanced CBP care, ScoliCare exercises, traction tables, spinal traction at home, and the expertise of a certified ScoliBrace doctor, I have not only managed my scoliosis but also found hope and health along the way.

Remember that your scoliosis journey is unique to you, and with the right approach, patience, and support, you can embrace a healthier, more vibrant life. The team approach at Lighthouse not only changed my opinion of what chiropractic care is, it’s forever changed my life by helping me reduce and manage my scoliosis, something that no other doctor that I spoke to was able to do.

Whiplash injury? Now what?

Whiplash is a common injury that can cause pain, discomfort, and limited neck, shoulders, and back mobility. It can happen as a result of car accidents, sports injuries, or any trauma that causes a sudden jolt to the head and neck. 

Fortunately, chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment option for whiplash. Today’s chiropractors are highly skilled in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including whiplash.

Our clinic director, Dr. Graham Jenkins, is one of only a handful of certified biophysics chiropractors in Canada.

If you’re dealing with whiplash, seeking chiropractic care from a certified biophysics chiropractor in Kelowna could be the key to a full recovery.

Whiplash Recovery: Why You Should Choose a Certified Biophysics Chiropractor(CBP) vs. Traditional Chiropractic Care.

Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive approach to healthcare that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors use their hands to manipulate the spine and other joints in the body to improve mobility, alleviate pain, and promote healing. However, there are different types of chiropractic techniques, including chiropractic biophysics (CBP). Here are three main differences between a CBP chiropractor and a traditional chiropractor:

Focus on Posture and Alignment

One of the main differences between a CBP chiropractor and a traditional chiropractor is their focus on posture and alignment. CBP chiropractors use various techniques to assess and correct postural imbalances, including digital X-rays, computerized measurements, and postural exercises. This approach aims to restore the natural curves of the spine and improve overall spinal alignment, which can help relieve pain, improve mobility, and promote optimal health.

In contrast, traditional chiropractors focus primarily on joint manipulation to improve mobility and reduce pain. While they may also address postural imbalances, it is not typically a central focus of their treatment approach.

The digital x-ray in our Kelowna clinic provides the documentation you will need to understand how much damage happened in your accident or trauma. A special x-ray series called a flexion/extension study is critical to understand how your neck is doing after an accident.

A Flexion/Extension x-ray series shows where the ligaments were damaged in your accident.
Use of Equipment and Technology

CBP chiropractors often use specialized equipment and technology to assess and treat patients. For example, they may use a drop table or a spinal decompression machine, like a three-dimensional Denneroll traction table, to help restore spinal alignment and relieve pressure on the nerves. They also use computerized measurements to track progress and adapt treatment plans as needed.

Traditional chiropractors may use some equipment, such as an adjusting table or a traction device, but they typically rely more heavily on manual adjustments and manipulations.

Holistic Approach to Care

CBP chiropractors take a holistic approach to care, which means they consider the whole person when developing a treatment plan. This may include addressing dietary and lifestyle factors that could be contributing to pain or other health issues. Helping you identify and break bad habits may be the key to your long-term success.

Traditional chiropractors tend to focus primarily on spinal adjustments and pain relief.

While both CBP chiropractors and traditional chiropractors may seem to have similar techniques to improve mobility and alleviate pain, there are significant differences in their approach to care. 

CBP chiropractors focus on postural alignment and use specialized equipment and technology while taking a more holistic approach to care.

Ultimately, it’s important to do your research and choose a chiropractor that aligns with your treatment goals and preferences.

Five ways a CBP chiropractor can help with your whiplash injury:

Diagnosis and Assessment of Whiplash

The first step in treating whiplash is to properly diagnose and assess the extent of the injury. A CBP chiropractor will perform a thorough physical exam, which may include X-rays, to determine the extent of the damage. Once a diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan can be developed to help you heal.

Chiropractic Adjustments: Alleviating Pain and Restoring Range of Motion

Chiropractic adjustments are a common treatment for whiplash injuries. A CBP chiropractor will use gentle manipulations (either by hand or with a carefully calibrated instrument) to help realign the spine and reduce pain and inflammation. Adjustments can also help improve the range of motion, which is often limited in whiplash injuries.

Soft Tissue Therapy: Easing Muscle Tension and Boosting Circulation

Soft tissue therapy, such as massage or trigger point therapy, can help relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. Our Kelowna clinic has registered massage therapists, stretch therapists, and certified kinesiologists. This can help reduce pain and inflammation in the affected area.

Exercise and Rehabilitation: Strengthening Muscles and Preventing Future Injuries

Exercise and rehabilitation are important components of whiplash treatment. At Lighthouse, our chiropractors work with our certified kinesiologists to develop a customized exercise program to help you strengthen the affected muscles and improve your range of motion. This can help prevent future injuries and promote long-term healing.

Education and Support: Guidance for Lasting Recovery and Whiplash Prevention

Finally, our Kelowna clinic provides education and support throughout the healing process. Our team-based approach offers guidance on proper posture, ergonomics, and lifestyle modifications to help prevent future injuries.

Discover Local Expertise: Recover from Whiplash with Certified Chiropractic Biophysics in Kelowna

If you’re looking for chiropractic care for whiplash in Kelowna, it’s important to find a chiropractic clinic that offers certified chiropractic biophysics (CBP) treatment. This approach focuses on realigning the spine and correcting postural imbalances to promote optimal spinal function.

By taking a holistic approach to treatment, including chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, exercise, spinal traction, rehabilitation, education, and support, our Kelowna clinic can help you get back to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.

Conclusion

In conclusion, if you’ve been injured in a car accident or experienced any trauma that has caused whiplash, seeking chiropractic care can be a great option. Today’s CBP-certified chiropractors are highly skilled in treating whiplash injuries, and provide a customized treatment plan that addresses your individual needs.

If you’re in Kelowna, be sure to seek out a certified CBP chiropractor who offers treatment to ensure you’re getting the most effective care possible.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica: How a Certified Chiropractic Biophysics Clinic in Kelowna Can Help

Are you struggling with the discomfort of sciatic pain? Sciatica, a widespread issue affecting millions globally, results from the compression or irritation of the body’s largest nerve – the sciatic nerve, extending from the lower back to the legs.

This debilitating condition can lead to pain, numbness, and discomfort in the lower back, buttocks, and legs, hindering daily activities and causing agony after sitting or upon waking.

For those suffering from sciatic pain, chiropractic care offers a viable solution. Led by our accomplished clinic director, Dr. Jenkins, a rare certified chiropractic biophysics doctor in Canada, our advanced Kelowna clinic possesses the cutting-edge technology necessary for diagnosing and treating sciatica effectively.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive, drug-free solution for sciatica treatment. Utilizing an array of techniques, our skilled chiropractors effectively alleviate sciatic pain through spinal adjustments, manual therapy, advanced three-dimensional spinal traction, and tailored exercise therapy programs.

The sciatic nerve starts in your lower back, crosses the hip, and goes all the way down your leg.
Effective Spinal Adjustments for Sciatic Pain Relief

Employing gentle spinal manipulation techniques, our expert chiropractors relieve sciatic nerve pressure either manually or with precision instruments. Recognizing the uniqueness of each spine and individual sciatic pain experience, we ensure personalized, custom-tailored adjustments catered to your specific needs.

Manual Therapy Techniques to Alleviate Sciatic Pain

Manual therapy, a hands-on approach, utilizes pressure and stretching techniques to ease sciatic pain. Our team of chiropractors, massage therapists, and certified fascial release therapists apply massage, trigger point therapy, and other specialized manual methods to decrease inflammation, enhance circulation, and boost the range of motion.

Strengthen Your Core with Customized Exercise Therapy

A comprehensive recovery from sciatic pain requires strengthening weakened areas of the spine, hips, and legs. Exercise therapy is a crucial component of chiropractic care for sciatica. Our chiropractors and kinesiologists design customized exercise plans to fortify core muscles and enhance posture. Robust core muscles, including abdominal and lower back muscles, provide spinal support, alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve, and contribute to improved overall spinal health.

Experience Three Dimensional Spinal Traction with the 3D Denneroll Table

The 3D Denneroll table is a specialized chiropractic biophysics table designed to help decompress the spine and lower back. Its unique 3D contour enables customized traction and stretching, tailored to each patient’s needs.

During a 3D Denneroll table session, the patient lies on the table, and the certified biophysics chiropractor adjusts the table to fit the spine’s natural curve. The patient’s legs are then elevated, and a series of foam blocks are placed under the hips and spine, creating a gentle stretch in the lower back and pelvis.

3D Denneroll Traction Table at Lighthouse Chiropractic in Kelowna

As the table is adjusted, the patient’s spine is gently elongated, creating space between the vertebrae and allowing for improved circulation and nerve function. The 3D contour of the table also helps to improve spinal alignment, which can reduce pain and improve overall spinal health.

The foam blocks used during a 3D Denneroll table session are designed to mimic the natural contours of the spine, providing customized support and stretching to the lower back. The gentle traction created by the table can help to relieve pressure on the spinal discs, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility.

Overall, the 3D Denneroll table is a valuable tool for certified biophysics chiropractors to use in the treatment of spinal conditions such as herniated discs, sciatica, and chronic lower back pain. 

Patients can experience reduced pain, improved mobility, and better overall spinal health by gently decompressing the spine and improving spinal alignment.

Choose Our Certified Chiropractic Biophysics Kelowna Clinic for Personalized Care

At our chiropractic clinic in Kelowna, we are committed to providing personalized care to each of our patients. Our clinic director, Dr. Jenkins, is certified in chiropractic biophysics, a specialized technique that focuses on the spine’s structure and its impact on overall health. We use state-of-the-art technology to assess your spinal health, identify underlying issues, and develop a customized treatment plan.

Being certified in chiropractic biophysics, a technique that emphasizes the use of spinal adjustments, spinal traction, and exercise to improve spinal alignment and overall health, means you have a team dedicated to excellent results and evidence-based care. Our team has the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat various spinal conditions, including sciatica.

If you’re looking for an effective, non-invasive, and drug-free approach to sciatica, chiropractic biophysics care may be the solution you’re looking for.

Conclusion

Sciatica can be a debilitating condition that affects your daily life. Chiropractic care for sciatica can be an effective solution, and our chiropractic biophysics clinic in Kelowna is here to help. With our personalized care, state-of-the-art technology, experience, and expertise in chiropractic biophysics, we can help you alleviate your sciatic pain and improve your overall spinal health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free life.

What’s the big deal about water?

Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining good health and overall well-being. Water is the most important nutrient for our body, and it is essential for the proper functioning of all our bodily systems. In this blog post, we will discuss the many benefits of staying hydrated and why it is essential to drink enough water.

Increases Energy and Relieves Fatigue

One of the most important benefits of staying hydrated is that it increases energy and relieves fatigue. Water is required for all our bodily functions, and when we are dehydrated, our body has to work harder to perform these functions. This can lead to fatigue and tiredness. By staying hydrated, we can increase our energy levels and feel more alert and focused throughout the day.

Promotes Weight Loss

Drinking water can also help promote weight loss. When we drink water, it helps to fill our stomachs, making us feel fuller and less likely to overeat. Additionally, drinking water can increase our metabolism, which can help us burn more calories throughout the day.

Improves Brain Function

Water is essential for proper brain function. When we are dehydrated, our brain functions are impaired, leading to poor concentration, headaches, and fatigue. Drinking enough water can help improve our cognitive function, enhance our mood, and improve our memory.

Enhances Athletic Performance

Staying hydrated is especially important for athletes and those who engage in physical activity. Water is required for regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, and transporting nutrients throughout the body. Dehydration can lead to decreased athletic performance, increased fatigue, and muscle cramps. By staying hydrated, athletes can improve their endurance and perform at their best.

Helps Prevent Headaches

Many headaches are caused by dehydration. By staying hydrated, we can help prevent and treat headaches. Drinking water can help alleviate headaches caused by dehydration and can also help reduce the intensity and duration of migraines.

Improves Skin Health

Water is essential for maintaining healthy skin. It helps to keep our skin hydrated, which can prevent dryness and wrinkles. Drinking enough water can also help to flush toxins out of the body, which can help reduce the risk of skin breakouts and acne.

Conclusion

According to the Mayo Clinic the average adult requires 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women. These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages and food. About 20% of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks.

Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining good health and well-being. Drinking enough water can provide many benefits, including increased energy, weight loss, improved brain function, enhanced athletic performance, headache prevention and treatment, and improved skin health. Make sure to drink enough water each day to reap the many benefits of staying hydrated.

How CBP Chiropractic approaches Migraines differently

Migraine headaches are a common neurological condition that affects millions of people worldwide. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world. Allopathic medicine provides various medications to manage migraines, such as analgesics, triptans, and antiemetics. While these medications can be effective, they don’t always address the root cause of the problem. This is where a CBP chiropractor differs from an allopathic physician.

CBP, or Chiropractic BioPhysics, is a highly specialized branch of chiropractic care that focuses on restoring the normal alignment and function of the spine. Unlike traditional chiropractic, CBP chiropractors use a unique, scientific approach to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of a patient’s condition, rather than just treating the symptoms.

Did you know your posture is related to migraine headaches?

When it comes to migraine headaches, CBP chiropractors approach the condition differently than allopathic physicians. While medication can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of migraines, it doesn’t address the underlying issue. CBP chiropractors aim to identify the root cause of migraines and address it using a holistic approach.

One of the primary causes of migraines is poor posture. Poor posture can cause tension and stress in the neck and shoulder muscles, which can lead to migraines. CBP chiropractors use advanced diagnostic tools to assess  posture and identify any misalignments in the spine.

Typical postural problems that will aggravate conditions like migraine headaches.
Exercise, Adjustments and Traction is the CBP trifecta

Once misalignments are identified, CBP chiropractors use a combination of spinal adjustments, exercises, and traction to correct the underlying issue. This approach is much different from allopathic medicine, which primarily relies on medications to manage symptoms.

CBP doctors will tackle the lifestyle factors as well

In addition to correcting misalignments, CBP chiropractors also provide patients with advice on lifestyle changes that can help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. This includes dietary changes, stress management, and exercise.

Conclusion

Overall, a CBP chiropractor approaches migraines differently than an allopathic physician. While medication can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of migraines, it doesn’t address the underlying issue. CBP chiropractors use a holistic approach to identify and correct the root cause of migraines, resulting in long-term relief and improved overall health. If you suffer from migraines, consider having a conversation with Dr. Jenkins, our clinic director and one only a handful of certified CBP chiropractors in Canada.

You may be encouraged to know that there is more that can be done to help you live a life with far fewer migraines or even migraine free.

3D Spinal Traction in a CBP Office

Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) is a chiropractic technique that focuses on the structural and postural correction of the spine. One of the techniques used by CBP doctors is spinal traction, which is a non-invasive and pain-free method of stretching the spine to relieve pressure and improve posture. Lighthouse is one of only a handful of certified Biophysics offices in Canada.

Scoliosis is a condition where the spine is curved to one side, leading to imbalanced pressure on the vertebral discs and joints, as well as decreased range of motion and discomfort. CBP doctors who specialize in scoliosis use in-office spinal traction to help alleviate these symptoms and improve the overall health of the spine.

How In-Office Spinal Traction Works

In-office spinal traction involves the use of a traction device that gently stretches the spine, allowing the vertebral discs to return to their natural position. This helps to relieve pressure on the discs and joints, promoting increased blood flow and improved mobility.

During the procedure, the patient lies on a specially designed table that provides the necessary support for the spine to be stretched. The traction device is then attached to the table, and the patient’s spine, and the doctor adjusts the amount of tension according to the patient’s comfort level.

Benefits of In-Office Spinal Traction for Scoliosis Patients

The entire process typically lasts for about 15-20 minutes and is completely pain-free. The in-office spinal traction procedure can be performed on an ongoing basis, and most patients notice an improvement in their symptoms after just a few sessions.

In-office spinal traction offers several benefits to scoliosis patients, including:

Alleviates Pressure on the Spine: The gentle stretching provided by in-office spinal traction helps to relieve pressure on the vertebral discs and joints, reducing discomfort and promoting improved posture.

Increases Mobility: The increased blood flow and improved posture provided by in-office spinal traction helps to increase mobility and range of motion, allowing for better overall function.

Non-Invasive and Pain-Free: Unlike other treatments for scoliosis, such as surgery, in-office spinal traction is a non-invasive and pain-free option that provides effective results without the need for medications or invasive procedures.

Customizable to Each Patient: Each in-office spinal traction session is tailored to the individual patient, considering their comfort level, symptoms, and overall health.

Conclusion

In-office spinal traction is an effective treatment option for scoliosis patients, offering a non-invasive and pain-free solution to relieve pressure on the spine and improve overall posture and mobility.

If you are a scoliosis patient or concerned that you may have scoliosis, our clinic director, Dr. Jenkins is a certified CBP doctor who specializes in spinal traction and structural corrective chiropractic care. If you’d like to speak to Dr. Jenkins to see if this type of care is right for you then give Lighthouse a call.

When it comes to managing scoliosis and getting your spine and nerve system in order, sooner is always better than later.

Building health and happiness in times of unprecedented stress.
Fear and anxiety drains our natural defences; 3 things we can do about it.

As early as 1999, scientists were measuring the negative impact that anxiety has on human health (1). I’m sure that is no surprise to you.

I think all of us have had times where we felt the weight of the world on our shoulders emotionally — and not long after came down with the sniffles.

During this time of “post covid” extreme stress it becomes critical to keep our emotions and anxiety in check (2). Not only for the “mental health and well-being” of those around us but for ourselves as well.

Step 1; Change the channel.

Limit how much news you are exposing yourself to. I understand it’s important to keep “up to date” but checking for updates a couple times a day rather than once an hour will really help you keep your anxiety in check.

I’d also encourage you to just check reputable news sources and stay off social media. Social media not helping the accuracy of information that is available so do yourself a favor and just stay off social. If ever there was a time to take a break from social media, now is it.

On a personal note, I’ve started to listen to some positive podcasts that have nothing to do with science or health, even though that is my “world”. Putting more positivity into my brain is really helping me stay stable for those around me and sane (for me).

Step 2; Do everything you can to maintain your natural defence system.

This is something that is completely under your control. I’d suggest, in times of stress, rather than doubling up on how much toilet paper you buy, double up on anything you can put in your body that maintains your bodies natural defences.

In addition to our regular routine of “health building” supplements, my family and I have added even more to ensure our body is fighting back with everything it’s got. Here’s a short list of what I take personally.

In the morning; a glutathione precursor, fish oil, multi vitamin/mineral, green drink and vitamin D and then in the evening; 5HTP, magnesium citrate and curcumin. Every second or third night I add a probiotic just to keep my gut health in check.

Yes there is always more that you can add but I want to remind everyone that supplements are supplements and not meal replacements – get most of your nutrition from healthy, whole foods first and then add your supplements based on your health history and genetics. Clean protein sources is becoming far more important than in years past — the number of chemicals in our protein is getting completely out of control!

If you’re really keen on maintaining your natural defences then I’d also crank up the veggie intake and decrease the sugar. Which is never a bad idea.

Step 3; Keep on keeping on.

In our social isolation it’s tough to keep up our regular routine but as much as possible keep doing as much as you can in a responsible way.

I’m fortunate, as an essential service, I’m always able to continue to serve people who are in critical need of chiropractic care. You wouldn’t believe the number of people in crisis that have expressed thanks for us taking the necessary steps to continue to serve.

If your world has been “forever changed” through working from home here are some suggestions, not all of these will work for your situation but even if one or two fit your new lifestyle then it may be enough to keep you connected with people you enjoy and love.

1. Schedule virtual meetings or calls with colleagues to stay in touch and connected.

2. Join online communities or forums related to your work.

3. Make time for online socializing with friends and family.

4. Set up a standing coffee date with a friend or colleague to stay connected and socialize.

5. Take part in virtual events or classes related to your work.

6. Schedule regular breaks throughout the day and take the time to talk to family, friends, or colleagues.

7. Check in with your team in person, if possible, and make sure you have a social plan for lunch or afterwork activities.

8. Try to take part in physical activities such as walking, running, or cycling, so you can stay physically active as well as socially connected.

What I missed the most.

Where I missed the biggest part of my routine was my workouts. With my gym closed it wasn’t easy to get a workout in.

I did find some incredible resources online from short body weight workouts (no weights needed) to Pilates classes and everything else you can imagine (foam rolling, stretching classes, etc. . . ).

Staying physically active is not only good for your body but great for your brain and immune response. You tube is a great tool to ensure you get proper instruction and some motivation too.

I did take the plunge and equipped my garage with some work out gear so I won’t ever be stuck again. But not everyone has the space or the desire to have a home gym. You’ll be amazed at what people have posted on line and in a pinch you’re going to find something to keep you active.

Final thought.

Remember the virus that caused so much stress and anxiety impacted all of us. The key to success is your personal health status. People with underlying health conditions didn’t fair as well as people who have always managed their health well.

Reports documented that people with a healthy nerve system and strong natural defence may still have gotten sick but they recovered with little to no need for hospitalization (3).

The reports are showing that it all depends on the strength of the person who gets sick.

Help yourself by staying healthy and keep the things in your life that build health going in a responsible way.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to my personal email [email protected] and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Yours in health,

Dr. J

References.
  1. Worry, the cognitive enumeration and anticipation of potential future negative events, is associated with autonomic dysregulation, which may in turn have implications for the immune system. (Brain Behav Immun. 1999 Jun;13(2):80-92.) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10373274
  2. Significant evidence suggests that exposure to traumatic and/or acute stress in both mice and humans results in compromised immune function that in turn may affect associated brain processes. (Brain Behav Immun. 2014 May; 0: 192–201.) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3989422/
  3. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/04/health/recovery-coronavirus-tracking-data-explainer/index.html