Chiropractic News

Why Do Kids Need Chiropractic Care?

Posted: August 30, 2016
By: Dr. Murray Rosen

Do kids need Chiropractic?

Does research support the need for kids to have Chiropractic?

I’m not going to directly answer that question for you . . .because the power comes from your own ability to understand this.

But I will expose you to some research information that I think will help doctors, medical professionals, and parents make more informed decisions.

A Scottish Medical Doctor names Francis Smith performed MRI studies on the spines of 154 ten-year old kids.  He was not even specifically looking for degenerative changes in the spines of these kids.  He was looking for kids with spinal stenosis to check for correlating factors.

But what he found was that 14 of the 154 (9%) ten-year old spines had spinal degeneration.  Yes, you read that right . . . 9% of 10 year-olds with spinal degeneration and no symptoms.  Compare that with a study published in 2015 showing that 37% of 20 year-olds with spinal degeneration and no symptoms.

Fixation is the reason why the majority of spinal degeneration occurs, and one of the components of subluxation is. . . fixation.

In fact, another study from 2004 evaluated what happens when small sections of vertebrae were purposely fixed together with a specifically engineered fixation device.  The same findings were clear. . . fixation significantly increases the degenerative process (research references at end of this article).

What we know through research:

● Vertebral fixations create degenerative changes in the joints of that segment

● A key component of subluxation is fixation

● Kids as young as 10 years old were found to have spinal degeneration without pain

● The longer the fixation is present, the worse the degeneration becomes

● Spinal adjustive care reduces the degenerative process by increasing movement and reducing fixations

I believe that the benefits of increased notion, improved posture, and reduced risk of degeneration are reasons alone that all children and adults be checked by a chiropractor.

I haven’t even mentioned the impact of a subluxation on overall body function through its influence on the brain and nervous system.  Put the nervous system in and the value of Chiropractic continues to skyrocket. 

Research references:

1.December 2003 research performed in Aberdeen, Scotland by Dr. Francis Smith and reported at the 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

2.American Journal of Neuroradiology 2015 Apr;36(4):811-6

3.Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2004 Mar-Apr;27(3):141-54

 

Yours in health,

Dr. Murray Rosen


The Formula For Success - You must make the future an important part of your current life.

Posted: March 9, 2016
By: Dr. Murray Rosen

Why don’t more people take the time to think of the future?

Answer:  They are so caught up in the current moment that the future doesn’t seem to matter to them.  People are so absorbed with their issues today that they never ponder about the future.  That leads to reaction decision making, and errors that only make the future worse for them.  If you’ll just stop, and take a few minutes to look down the road, you will be able to foresee the impending consequences of your current conduct.  Armed with that valuable information you can make the necessary action to change those errors into new successful disciplines.  This will help you discipline yourself to see the future in advance.  You should always be adapting your thinking, amending your errors, and developing new habits to replace the old destructive ones.

As you transform your daily errors into your daily disciplines, you’ll start experiencing positive results in a very short period of time.  The most important thing about discipline is that it causes us to amend our thinking.  Just think if you started today to read more, keep a journal, attend seminars, listen to audios, and observe more, then today would be the first day of a new life leading to a better future.

People don’t need more motivation or inspiration.  They need better habits.  To begin changing your life, you must first change your thinking habits.  If a person is a fool and becomes motivated, he is just a motivated fool.

Disciplines will multiply: Every discipline affects other disciplines, you must be careful with all of them.  As soon as you let one slip or slide, they all start to erode.  The good news is that every new positive discipline affects all of our other disciplines in a positive way, and good things begin to happen in your life.

It’s actually easy to make necessary habit changes . . . So why doesn’t everyone do it?  Because, while it is easy to do the things that success and happiness require, it’s also easy NOT to do them.

DANGER OF NEGLECT:

The things that are easy to do are also easy NOT to do = NEGLECT

It’s not lack of money, opportunity, books, information, or knowledge that holds most of us back; it usually comes down to neglect.  That’s how subtle failure is; failure is largely a function of neglect.

If we continue to fail to do the small things, eventually that carries over into the big things that are important.  Small neglects have a way of becoming major oversights with the passage of time.

Neglect is an infection, left unchecked it will spread throughout our entire system.  The infection will eventually lead to a complete breakdown of disciplines and potentially diminish an otherwise joy-filled and prosperous life.

It continues to snowball . . . Not doing the things you know you should do causes you to feel guilty.  Guilt leads to an erosion of self-confidence.  Your activity erodes.  Your results decline.  Your attitude weakens from positive to negative, and the spiral continues.

Remember, today is yesterday’s tomorrow.  Today I encourage you to take one step, make one decision, and one action that will help you refine your philosophy, and impact your future in the strongest way possible.

 


Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate Lowered

Posted: December 9, 2015
By: Dr. Murray Rosen

Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate Lowered with Chiropractic According to Study

The October 15th, 2015 issue of the Dynamic Chiropractic Magazine reported on a new study showing

that both blood pressure and pulse rate are lowered after specific chiropractic adjustments.  The original

study was published in the June 2015 issue of the Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies.

This study was unique as it was a randomized controlled trial (RCT) which looked at the results from

three separate groups of participants.  The three authors of this study, none of whom were

chiropractors, were part of a collaboration of professionals from the U.S. and Malaysia.

Study participants were screened to rule out any other factors that might affect the results.  All

participants were 18 years of age or older, did not have any serious condition of cancer, did not have

any recent injuries, were not on any medications or drugs, and did not have an arm or leg prosthetic

device.

The participants were randomly divided into one of the three groups.  One group was a control group in

which o chiropractic procedures were given.  The second group was the placebo group and were given

fake chiropractic adjustments.  This was accomplished by setting the adjustment instrument to zero or

no force was applied when the instrument was triggered.  The third group received a real adjustment

using the same instrument with a setting that would deliver a force and create an adjustment.

All participants in each of the three groups had their blood pressures taken using a “digital oscillometric

sphygmomanometer” to eliminate variations in how the readings were taken.  Readings of BP and pulse

rate were taken three times on each participant.  The first time was after the participants’ history was

taken and a 15 minute period.  The second reading was late just prior to the real adjustment, the fake

adjustment or an equivalent time in the control group.  The third reading was taken immediately after

the procedure.

The results showed that only the group that received the real adjustment showed any change with both

systolic and diastolic BP decreasing approximately 7 percent.  Additionally, only the group that received

the real adjustment showed a significant decrease in pulse rate.

Since this study ruled out all other external factors, and since the data collected was by individuals who

did not render the procedures, this study represents the purest form of evidence that a chiropractic

adjustment has a positive effect on blood pressure and pulse rate.  Adding this study to the already

existing body of evidence shows that chiropractic can help normalize blood pressure.  This should help

change public perception that medications are not the only option for correcting blood pressure issues.


Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate Lowered

Posted: December 9, 2015
By: Dr. Murray Rosen

Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate Lowered with Chiropractic According to Study

The October 15th, 2015 issue of the Dynamic Chiropractic Magazine reported on a new study showing

that both blood pressure and pulse rate are lowered after specific chiropractic adjustments.  The original

study was published in the June 2015 issue of the Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies.

This study was unique as it was a randomized controlled trial (RCT) which looked at the results from

three separate groups of participants.  The three authors of this study, none of whom were

chiropractors, were part of a collaboration of professionals from the U.S. and Malaysia.

Study participants were screened to rule out any other factors that might affect the results.  All

participants were 18 years of age or older, did not have any serious condition of cancer, did not have

any recent injuries, were not on any medications or drugs, and did not have an arm or leg prosthetic

device.

The participants were randomly divided into one of the three groups.  One group was a control group in

which o chiropractic procedures were given.  The second group was the placebo group and were given

fake chiropractic adjustments.  This was accomplished by setting the adjustment instrument to zero or

no force was applied when the instrument was triggered.  The third group received a real adjustment

using the same instrument with a setting that would deliver a force and create an adjustment.

All participants in each of the three groups had their blood pressures taken using a “digital oscillometric

sphygmomanometer” to eliminate variations in how the readings were taken.  Readings of BP and pulse

rate were taken three times on each participant.  The first time was after the participants’ history was

taken and a 15 minute period.  The second reading was late just prior to the real adjustment, the fake

adjustment or an equivalent time in the control group.  The third reading was taken immediately after

the procedure.

The results showed that only the group that received the real adjustment showed any change with both

systolic and diastolic BP decreasing approximately 7 percent.  Additionally, only the group that received

the real adjustment showed a significant decrease in pulse rate.

Since this study ruled out all other external factors, and since the data collected was by individuals who

did not render the procedures, this study represents the purest form of evidence that a chiropractic

adjustment has a positive effect on blood pressure and pulse rate.  Adding this study to the already

existing body of evidence shows that chiropractic can help normalize blood pressure.  This should help

change public perception that medications are not the only option for correcting blood pressure issues.


What Healthcare really needs!

Posted: October 27, 2015
By: Dr Murray Rosen

The healthcare debate continues to rage on, yet even with trillions of dollars spent; it continues to flounder with no real improvements.  I would like to explain why, and what will be required for significant changes.

On the surface it may appear that the medical system is responsible for any health improvements we have experienced in our overall health, but the reality is, in fact, there is an ABSOLUTE and FUNDAMENTAL flaw at the root of the current medical system.

That fundamental flaw is that the body is viewed as parts and pieces – simply a collection of organs and blood vessels – that can be manipulated, cut, and drugged to be “fixed”.  This approach is best described as “mechanistic” and views the body similar to a car.  This is a problem.  The body is not a car.  It is not just the sum of its parts.  And as long as the approach to health is mechanistic, we will make little to no progress and we will actually continue to get further and further away from the actual solution.  Healthcare will continue to get more expensive, more dangerous and more complicated.  The only exception to this fact is traumatic and emergency healthcare.  However, this too can be improved or even prevented with a new approach.

Many people mistakenly assume the opposite approach is a natural or alternative type approach.  However, this can be almost as ineffective if one simply substitutes natural therapies for dangerous drugs or surgery.  Although this arguably is a less dangerous approach, it still does not allow for the new understanding required to actually transform healthcare.  This approach is simply using the same mechanistic model with just safer tools. The real solution goes deeper than just prevention, wellness and early detection.

So, what is the foundational shift that must occur to realize positive change? We MUST have a system that understands and appreciated the body itself as the single most powerful healing organism.  The body is self-healing, self-regulating and self-developing.  That is a fact that must be appreciated and is foundational to an improved healthcare approach.  Until that is the foundational approach to healthcare, we will continue to suffer the ill, limited effects of the current model.  Although many that currently work in the mechanistic / disease care model would like to believe their approach does honor the inborn healing potential of the body, and that they are simply “helping” the body with drugs and surgery, you will see the statistics below that are largely lip service and not the reality.

The word “Vitalism” best describes this new approach and understanding, and helps to better explain the differences between the current misguided and failing mechanistic approach and the vitalisitc approach.  Vitalism understands the body is more than the sum of its parts and it seeks to work with inborn intelligence in the body.  This may initially seem radical or even religious to some people, but the reality is, it is simply the most effective, intelligent, responsible and honest way to approach individual and collective healthcare.  Currently, the mechanistic approach to healthcare that is being used has clouded our understanding so deeply, it is almost impossible to see another way.  Drugs, expensive tests and surgeries, vaccines, and countless other dangerous tools have put us in a very precarious place in our history. 

For example: Currently, PROPERLY prescribed medications are the 3rd leading cause of death in Canada.

Chronic diseases have grown exponentially in our children and adults.  As a matter of fact, this now is expected to be the first generation of children who are expected to have shorter life spans than their parents.

This begs a very simple question: If the mechanistic, medical approach was the correct approach, shouldn’t we expect better results? It’s expensive, dangerous and very ineffective.  As a matter of fact, a recent study states that considering the millions of dollars that are spent on healthcare in Canada each year, it has yet to have proven the risks outweigh the benefits.  Wow! The largest expenditure in Canada – the mechanistic approach to healthcare – has not even proven to be beneficial! It is clear something needs to change.  We must have a foundational shift in our approach.  One that sees the body as the incredible self-healing, self-regulating organism that it is, and not merely a bunch of parts and pieces in need of expensive and dangerous drugs and surgery.

When this vitalistic understanding is applied as the foundation to the healthcare approach, real changes can begin to be actualized.  Instead of asking “what’s wrong?” with our health, we can begin to ask “where is the interference to healing?”  You can stop looking to dangerous mechanistic approaches to health and instead you begin to seek solutions that actually allow you to heal and not merely mask or treat health concerns. You begin to find ways to support the most powerful healing took you have; your very own body.

Even at the risk of being misunderstood, I must compare the magnitude and cultural disaster of our current medical model to the civil rights struggle.  Although there are many different components to each issue, at the foundation there was a deep error in how people or an issue was viewed.  This error created countless, significant problems for all involved.  A new approach, based upon a natural truth was required to be understood and then applied.  We sit in a similar situation.  From a healthcare perspective, all people are created with an inborn ability to heal.  By not acknowledging this, current mechanistic view is hurting millions of people, destroying untold potential, and literally bankrupting our nation.  We . . . us, must rise up, “march” out the mechanistic approach to health and demand change.  But the change starts with each one of us.  We must understand for ourselves that health comes from within us, not outside and that the body “needs no help, just no interference” and demand the system change its approach.  There is reason to be optimistic! Millions are waking up to this crisis, and actually seeking real solutions.

 


CHOLESTEROL DRUGS FOR KIDS

Posted: October 19, 2015
By: Dr Murray Rosen

Statin Candy for anyone?

As a doctor, I’m outraged.  As a father . . . well . . . I’m even more outraged.

For years, MD’s have been banding out statin drugs to any patient with high cholesterol.  But they’re the most dangerous drugs a doctor can prescribe.  They’ve been linked to fatigue, heart problems, and even death.

But here’s what’s different about the side effects of statins:  They don’t just pose an outside risk of an unlikely problem.  They rob every single person who takes even one pill of energy.  And if you take one for long enough, you’re going to feel very tired and very old.  Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pushing this poison to a new group. 

I’m talking about children.  Some as young as eight years old! AAP guidelines have just recommended cholesterol screenings for high-risk children ages two and up.  And statin therapy for kids as young as eight with LDL’s over 190mg/dl.

Now, some are calling for even more aggressive screening measures to find kids “in need” of these drugs.  All to ensure that pharmaceutical companies will keep making billions for years to come.

Consider this:  AAP’s Pediatrics published a new study a couple of weeks ago.  Researches screened all fifth graders in West Virginia public schools, including 5,798 who wouldn’t have met cholesterol screening guidelines.  They found 268 children with cholesterol high enough to be treated with drugs.

It frightens me to even think about the implications . . . Entire generations getting hooked on drugs with dangerous side effects.  Ones that include: Muscle pain; Liver damage; Nausea; Lowered mental performance; Chronic fatigue; Cardiomyopathy (deterioration of your heart’s function); and Depletion of CoQ10 in the heart (which can cause congestive heart failure).  What’s more, this could open up the floodgates for pharmaceutical companies to promote their use in kids.  Come to think of it, that’s already happening.  I just read that Pfizer introduced a sweet and tasty “gummy-like” version of Lipitor.  I’m sure it’ll boost sales before their patent runs out next year.

The lesson here is, “Just say NO to statins!”  You can’t trust them – or the folks telling you to take them.

If a child came to my office with high cholesterol, I would start a chiropractic care plan to make sure we have full nerve supply and tell him/her to exercise in short buts of high intensity for at least 12 minutes a day, cut carbs, and eat foods that are rich in omega-3’s, like salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts.

For most children, this would solve the problem within six weeks.  Why? Because children’s bodies heal themselves quickly.

And yours will too, IF you do the right thing.


Multiple Sclerosis

Posted: October 9, 2015
By: Dr. James Haxton

Multiple Sclerosis Tips and Tricks 

Multiple Sclerosis is a devastating auto-immune disease in which the body attacks it's own nerve coverings (myelin sheath) in the central nervous system. This affects how quickly nerve impulses can be conducted. Just like any auto-immune disease, we see common patterns as to why this is occurring and the culprit is usually immune system dysregulation.

Dr. Swank noticed in 1999 that a certain type of diet low in fat, processed foods and red meat greatly improved symptoms in people with MS. His website has lots of great info on lifestyle modifications and a diet to follow specific for MS. In the following paragraphs, I will summarize some critical points that Dr. Swank makes as well as add my own spin to a few things that can give you your life back.

Key take-aways from Dr. Swank are: get the diet in check, relieve stress, and always be optimistic. The mind is an extremely powerful tool which can make all the difference in the world in how we can battle internal events. Simple thoughts can modify our blood pressure, pulse, prime our motor system to respond, cause hormonal fluctuations, alter pH levels and digestion, modify adrenal function and the list goes on.

Movement! I have tons of research articles I can show you where simple exercise and movement activates certain areas of the brain (Interposed nucleus, motor cortex, premotor cortex, prefrontal cortex, hypothalamus, limbic system) which control and regulate your immune system. MS is a disorder of your immune system so it’s important to do things to help control it.

Of course chiropractic adjustments are very beneficial. Lots of research on how beneficial adjustments are to regulating your immune system, especially an antibody called IgA.

Another treatment that shows promise is stimulation of a nerve called the vagus nerve which has been shown to help control the immune system more effectively. Electrical stimulation of this nerve can be done non-invasively using an area of the ear called the tragus to target the vagus nerve. Please don't try this at home.

Vitamin D is crucial to balancing the immune system and it has many far reaching effects outside of that too. There is a big pile of research showing ideal blood levels of vitamin D causing more effective immune system regulation.

Strengthening a system in the body called the vestibular system can help with fatigue and balance issues which a lot of MS patients unfortunately display. Simple things you can do to stimulate the vestibular system are riding a bicycle, standing on a BOSU ball, things like that.

Stool testing can be very beneficial because most auto-immune conditions start with parasitic infections in the intestines which can show up on a stool test.

Whew! That was a lot of information, hopefully I didn't overwhelm you. I just want you guys to realize there is hope out there for MS patients and although these tips probably won't "cure" the disease, they will massively improve the functioning of your body.

For more information about multiple sclerosis, you can visit the MS society of Canada's website

https://beta.mssociety.ca/about-ms/what-is-ms

If you're not feeling 100%, call to schedule your appointment today: (403) 252-5553


Core Strength

Posted: September 14, 2015
By: Dr. James Haxton

 

We've all heard that core strength is important. Unfortunately, a majority of exercise fanatics leave it until the last few minutes of the workout or skip it altogether due to time constraints. I see direct evidence of poor core strength every single day in my patients with abnormal postures, pain, stiffness, arthritis, weakness, numbness and tingling, headaches etc.

Your core is so important that it is one of the first structures to develop in the fetal stage and it is this area that provides support and stability for everything else that grows around it.

Most recent research shows that your core is the first area to contract before any other muscle whenever you move an arm or a leg or shift your balance. This doesn't occur consistently with people in chronic low back or neck pain and other symptoms.

Your "core" is also a very general term describing a complex network of muscles which are your rectus abdominus, transversus abdominus, multifidus, internal and external obliques, erector spinae and pelvic floor muscles.

If you look at an MRI of someone with chronic low back pain, what is usually the case? Their multifidus muscles are infiltrated with fat and have shrunk severely.

People often ask me what they should be doing for core? My answer is usually tailored to the specific needs of the patient but I pick and choose the following exercises: planks, side planks, bird dogs, supermans, abdominal hollowing, sit-ups, and leg raises.

Exercising your core should only take 5-10 minutes every couple days and can really enhance your quality of life, strength, and performance. 

Thanks for reading!


The Amazing Link Between Allergies and Chiropractic

Posted: August 25, 2015
By: Taken from the Internet Journa

There was a patient named Dondra who had allergies and attended a Chiropractic office.  But her allergies were more than just typical pollen reactions.  She was also allergic to hay and green beans.  As bizarre as it sounds, her adult version was unable to experience two very diverse things that she enjoyed during her childhood: horseback riding and eating green beans.

Almost six months after starting Chiropractic care in the office she was invited to go horseback riding.  She was hesitant at first but thought that maybe Chiropractic was making a difference and wanted to put it to the test.  So she loaded up with Sudafed spray in her pocket and saddled up.  True to the power of Chiropractic, she endured no sneezing and no drug use.  We see this all the time in a Chiropractic office.  A few days later Dondra tested herself again by eating green beans.  Sure enough, no problems!

Many people across the world experience the immune-boosting benefits of Chiropractic.

Chiropractic adjustments do not treat allergies or the immune system.  They remove interference to the nervous system to allow the body to function and fight like it was designed to do.

A study published in 2004 showed amazing immune-boosting results for a group that started getting spinal adjustments.

In this particular study, 1,028 people had some form of allergies (the most common was atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma).  X-Ray evidence and physical exams proved that 98% of these allergy patients had remarkably similar vertebral misalignments in their mid-back.  Over 88% of the people with dermatitis who received consistent spinal adjustments showed massive improvement in skin itching and over 71% showed improvement in overall skin condition.  Compare that to 0% improvement of the patients who did not receive adjustments.

This conclusion comes directly from the study:

We can state that a treatment that cannot fundamentally treat spinal problems will not fundamentally improve conditions such as atopic dermatitis, bronchial asthma, pollinosis, and allergic coryza.

This study is just another profound example showing how detrimental a vertebral subluxation is to human health.  The problem continues to be a lack of education.  People who do not know the scientific evidence continue to believe the profiteering message of pharmaceutical companies.  All allergy drugs are dangerous and proven to produce nasty side-effects.  Chiropractic evidence proves that the solution to most allergy problems already exists within the body.

Remove the interference and people like Dondra are given the freedom to heal without drugs and chemicals.

Society desperately needs to understand and receive the life-changing benefits of Chiropractic.

 

 


Mind over Matter

Posted: August 14, 2015
By: Dr. James Haxton

MIND OVER MATTER. IF YOU DON’T MIND, IT DOESN’T MATTER

There is a growing pile of research explaining why some people have chronic pain. A few conclusions have been made so far.

One is that you don't need to have anything physically wrong with the area of complaint to be feeling pain in that area. Studies show that a process called sensitization is taking place in your pain nerves which means they become more efficient at firing and respond more easily to non offensive stimuli. This can happen if early treatment isn't handled properly addressing the area of complaint and the brains influence on the injury too.

Another conclusion from chronic pain research is that the prefrontal cortex and limbic system has a huge impact on how much pain we feel. This means that the more attention you pay to your pain and suffering, the more intense your pain and hence suffering will be. This cognitive aspect contributes to a lot of chronic pain patients never getting better because they are literally thinking about it too much and avoiding a lot of activities they would normally partake in. Pain is a crutch that too many people like to lean on which needs to stop for them to improve. 

These new findings are critically important to the treatment and management of injuries worldwide. We can't have effective treatments if the local injury site AND the brain influence are not addressed. 

Here is the new article with all of the research I just summarized:  

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2474/16/25