Comox Valley Chiropractor – Tips for your Health

Health tips from your Comox Valley Chiropractor

The Broken Spoke saves the day! September 10, 2009

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I’d like to extend a huge “Thank You!” to Mike and Tomiko over at The Broken Spoke in Courtenay. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of frequenting this new shop, its part coffee shop, part bike shop.

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The coffee shop is superb, and in my opinion ranks very high on list of good coffee shops in Courtenay. If you’re ever bored on a Saturday, swing by the shop at 2 pm for a round of “Cupping”. Its like wine tasting but with coffee. You’ll leave educated, buzzed, and with a larger appreciation for a simple cup of coffee.

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As for Mike in the bike shop, I have nothing but raves. Not only did he masterfully outfit my ancient 10-speed with paniers over the lunch hour, but he also managed to adjust my bike so I no longer get nagging leg pain. As a Courtenay Chiropractor, I knew that something about the bike’s setup was causing my pain – my knee was too bent when I started my downstroke. I didn’t think I could do anything since the bike is already pretty high for me, and raising the seat wasn’t an option. Mike took the time to watch me ride on my bike and adjust the handlebars and the seat. He somehow managed to move the seat further back and it instantly got rid of my problem. 5 months of pain gone in an instant – that’s even better than I can do!

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I encourage you to support a great local business and head out to The Broken Spoke. It may even entice you to dust off your bike and get out on the trails, thereby decreasing the chance you’ll end up in my office!

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Dr. Debbie Wright is a practicing Comox Valley Chiropractor.

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Routine X-rays Not Needed March 25, 2009

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Following up on my previous post about the necessity of X-rays, I came across a review of the literature for low back imaging.

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In 1994, the AHPR began recommending against imaging of the low back in the early stages of acute low back pain. This study was undertaken to investigate the relationship between the use of immediate X-rays for the low back and the clinical outcome of the case.

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479 articles were identified and reviewed. The authors found no differences in long term and short term outcomes between those who were X-rayed immediately and those who simply received treatment.

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They concluded that for patients who present with simple uncomplicated low back pain (no red flags present), X-raying their back did not lead to any greater improvements. Since there is no benefit to imaging the back, but there are draw backs (radiation exposure, cost), routine imaging should be avoided.

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Ultimately, every clinician has to rationalize their decisions when it comes to the assessment and treatment of their patients. I will often explain my decision not to X-ray with the fact that the X-ray result will not change my clinical management of their case. We know already from previous studies that many things are seen on X-ray and MRI that don’t have clinical relevance and may actually confuse the issue.

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If you would like to read the original article, it can be found here.

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Dr. Debbie Wright is a practicing Comox Valley Chiropractor.

 

Improve Your Golf Game March 1, 2009

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Proper spine flexibility and strength is essential to a good golf game. Increasing either of these variables will more than likely lead to longer drives and strokes off your game. That is why most professional golfers know that chiropractic care is a necessity to keep them healthy and give them a competitive edge.

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In addition to chiropractic care, a proper warm-up and stretching can ensure you have the best day possible out on the course. I regularly refer patients to the Canadian Chiropractic Association‘s golf stretching pamphlet. These quick and easy exercises will help to prepare your body for the increased forces that occur during your game.

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You can download the Golf Stretches pamphlet by clicking on the following link:

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Golf Stretches

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Dr. Debbie Wright is a practicing Comox Valley Chiropractor.

 

Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy February 15, 2009

Pelvic Pregnancy Pain

Pelvic Pregnancy Pain

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Pelvic pain is one of the most common conditions to accompany pregnancy. This problem can range from some soreness in the hips and back to debilitating pain which prevents someone from standing or walking for any length of time.

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In pregnancy, your body will produce a hormone called “relaxin” which loosens your ligaments and makes your joints less stable. This is done in order to ensure that the baby can pass through the pelvis easily.

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This decrease in stability of the pelvis and hips can lead to stresses on the joints that cause pain and disability. This is especially likely when your belly begins to grow and your posture changes. Having an unstable pelvis makes you less able to deal with these changes.

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Pelvic pain can begin anywhere from 8-12 weeks and last until delivery. Depending on the nature, location and severity of the problem, chiropractic can be an effective solution for this condition. Muscle work, taping, and adjustments to the restricted joints of the spine (NOT the loose ones) can help to take pressure off the pelvis and reduce pain.

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Another option which is highly recommended is a trochanteric belt.  This belt helps to stabilize the pelvis and relieve the symptoms. An example of a trochanteric belt can be found here, and you can find them in your local sports medicine/rehabilitation supply store.

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Pelvic pain may linger after delivery, and its important to continue treatment until the symptoms subside. In addition, you should be given home exercises which will help during and after pregnancy, and will help to restore stability after your delivery.

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Dr. Debbie Wright is a practicing Comox Valley Chiropractor.

 

Vitamin Water? No Thanks. February 1, 2009

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Thanks to Dr. Kinsler for reminding me that I haven’t yet ranted about this inane product.

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About 6 months ago a sales rep came around to our office and dropped off 2 massive cases of a brand of vitamin water. We usually carry some bottles of water for patients since we don’t have room for a water cooler in our waiting room (some people will actually look at us with scorn if we offer them tap water, even though Vancouver tap water continually beats bottled water on testing). We figured we’d hit the jackpot and didn’t have to shop for a while.

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Then I read the label. The amount of sugar is staggering, and even though it makes reference to fruit juice in the name of the product, there is nothing of the sort inside. What ever happened to getting your vitamins in your food? What ever happened to being happy with simple water to drink?

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This is just another example of misleading marketing to latch onto the health and wellness craze. You can read Rochester Chiro’s blog post to find out more about the class action lawsuit that is currently being filed against one brand of this product. Just goes to show you when it comes to health, don’t believe everything you read (especially if its advertising!).

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Dr. Debbie Wright is a practicing Comox Valley Chiropractor.

 

Prevent Hockey Injuries January 4, 2009

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Most injuries in hockey tend to be traumatic – cuts, bruises, breaks and concussions from collisions with players, equipment or the boards. However for the more casual player, muscle injuries tend to be very common. Most weekend warriors are guilty of not enough strength and conditioning, and improperly warming up/stretching before the game.

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The Canadian Chiropractic Association has developed an informative pamphlet to help hockey players stay healthy. Besides giving tips on how to prevent injury through proper equipment, they also lay out some stretches for both before and after the game. These stretches will help to prepare, and help recover, the most commonly injured and stressed muscles with hockey.

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You can download the pamphlet by clicking on the following link:

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Hockey Stretches

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As I usually tell my patients, its way easier to prevent the problem from happening than to fix it once its bad. Take the time to stretch properly before and after your game!

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Dr. Debbie Wright is a practicing Comox Valley Chiropractor.

 

How Chiropractic Can Help You December 14, 2008

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Chiropractic is a safe and effective form of treatment for neuro-musculoskeletal complaints. Below is a 30-minute video produced by the BC Chiropractic Association detailing how chiropractic can help you. Whether its a workplace injury, motor vehicle accident or chronic headache, discover how your local chiropractor can get you back on the road to recovery.

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Dr. Debbie Wright is a practicing Comox Valley Chiropractor.