Chiropractic Care for seniors

The following is a list of benefits chiropractic care provides for seniors.
Apr 17, 2014 | Dr. Jason Yang, DC

Is chiropractic care a good idea for seniors?

More and more seniors are enjoying the remarkable benefits of chiropractic care as part of their healthy lifestyle. A growing body of research is praising the health benefits of chiropractic care for seniors. The following is a list of benefits chiropractic care provides for seniors.

1. Increased range of motion of the spine and extremities
Studies show that increasing a person’s range of motion can positively affect one’s life in many ways. For some, an increased range of motion means being able to pick up their grandchildren, and for others being able to get an extra 50 yards with the driver at the golf course. An increase in range of motion is often witnessed immediately after a chiropractic adjustment.

2. Pain Relief
Chiropractic care is a common health care treatment for those suffering from low back pain, neck pain, arthritis pain, headaches, muscular tension or injuries. As we grow older, such pain becomes more prevalent, which is why many older adults and seniors are turning to chiropractors for the relief of their age-related aches and pains without the use pain relievers to mask the symptoms.

3. Reduce the risk of falls
Injuries due to falling are extremely common in the elderly population. Falls are responsible for 90% of the bone fractures among Canadians past the age of 65. Chiropractic adjustments have the effects to normalize spinal joint receptors which provide the brain with important balance and coordination information. A chiropractor will also prescribe stretching, strengthening and exercise programs to increase strength, flexibility, mobility, coordination and balance.

4. Increased health and wellbeing
The biggest issue with seniors as they age is maintaining high quality of life. Initiating chiropractic care at later stages of life can make incredible differences in quality of life and longevity. Feeling good, staying healthy and doing the things that make us happy are what keeps us looking forward to each new day. Regular chiropractic care can increase the quality of life and increase health and well-being.

5. Keeps seniors out of nursing homes
A study conducted by Dr. Ian Coulter at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College looked at the effects of chiropractic care on seniors. A few key points noted from his study concluded that:

1) 44% of those who used chiropractic care reported having arthritis compared with 66% in the non-chiropractic care group

2) At three years follow-up, less than 5% of those who used chiropractic care lived in a nursing home while a staggering 48% of those who did not use chiropractic care did live in a nursing home

3) At three years follow-up, only 26% of those who used chiropractic care were hospitalized compared with 48% of those in the non-chiropractic group.

Dr. Jason Yang, DC

Dr. Yang enjoys treating patients of all age groups, from young children to the older adults. Dr. Yang’s in-clinic approach is customized to each patient and may include spinal adjustment therapy, soft tissue release therapies, acupuncture, shockwave therapy, exercise, diet and nutrition counseling, orthotic prescription and physical rehabilitation. His belief is that while treatment puts us on the road to well-being, it is what we do with ourselves outside of the clinic - how we exercise, how we hold our postures, how we manage stress, what we eat - that will keep us out of the clinic. As a chiropractor, Dr. Yang manages both the in-clinic and out-of-clinic aspects in order for his patients to lead optimal healthy

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Apr 10, 2014

Pink eye prevention

How to avoid this dreaded eye infection.
Apr 10, 2014 | Dr. Shairoz Jessa

What is pink eye and how can I prevent myself from getting it?

Pink eye is a common name for an eye infection called conjunctivitis. It is when the white part of your eyes become infected with bacteria or a virus and cause redness, discomfort and discharge. The best way to prevent pink eye is to have proper hygiene which includes frequent hand washing and trying not to touch your eyes. If you suspect you may have pink eye, you should seek care from an eye care professional such as an optometrist.

Dr. Jessa received her Honors Bachelors of Science degree in 2004 from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with high academic distinction. She continued on at the University of Waterloo completing her Doctor of Optometry Degree in 2008. Dr. Jessa was the recipient of the College of Optometrists of Ontario General Proficiency Medal, for having the highest academic average in the 2008 graduating Optometry class. She also received The Advanced Medical Optics General Proficiency Award and The E.J. Chisolm Memorial Scholarship for excelling in a third year pediatric optometry course. During her last year of training, Dr. Jessa completed an internship at the Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas; where she received thorough training in ocular disease management.

Apr 03, 2014

Need a new pair of shoes?

Is there an optimal time of day to buy a new pair of shoes?
Apr 03, 2014 | Alnoor A.Ladhani

When is the best time to try on and buy a new pair of shoes?

Shopping for shoes is best done in the afternoon, when your feet have swollen a little. Then you can be sure that your new shoes will fit your feet at all times, and don't pinch.

When trying on new shoes, make sure you stand up and walk about in them to check how supportive and comfortable they are. Try both shoes on as most people tend to have one foot larger than the other. Therefore you are better to get a pair that fits the larger foot, since shoes are only sold in matched sizes.

The feet can be one of the most indicative signs of an individual's health. Earlysymptoms for diabetes, arthritis and circulatory problems can often show themselves initially in the feet.

Alnoor A. Ladhani (please, call me Al!) graduated from The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in 1997 with his Diploma in Chiropody. He established the main office of Step by Step Professional Family Footcare later that same year.

Al is registered in good standing with The College of Chiropodists of Ontario and is a member of both the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) and the Arthritis Health Professionals Association (AHPA).

Al has taught workshops, as well as presented lectures to enhance foot care. Has consulted for orthotic labs and medical companies. Al still continues to further his field knowledge pursuing education credits. 

Mar 27, 2014

What causes cellulite?

Women’s hormones have a lot to do with the predisposition of cellulite
Mar 27, 2014 | Dr. John Curry

Why do I have cellulite?

If you are female and eighteen years old you have heard or seen the word cellulite. Cellulite, a word, that once it has crept into your vocabulary, you will hear and dread it as much as going to the dentist. Generally, cellulite, an orange peel texturing of the skin, and can appear on the upper thighs, abdomen, buttocks, and upper arms – where-ever fat tends to settle.

The condition itself is not life threatening; however, it does have a psychological affect, much like acne – you wish it would just go away – it is annoying and embarrassing. There have been many treatments that have been indicated for cellulite improvement, such as creams, diets and exercise. Nothing seemed to make an appreciable difference in the condition, until VelaShape II came on the market.

Why do I have cellulite?
In order to explain why we have cellulite, as we are not born with it, is to understand the anatomy of the skin. The layer of skin which covers our entire body is called the epidermis. Beneath the epidermis, is a second layer called the dermis, where we find nerves, sweat glands, blood vessels, and hair follicles. Below this stratum is a layer of fat, which is separated in chambers by connective tissue. It is at this point we see the cause or result of cellulite. From the separated fat chambers, the fat cells are squeezed to protrude outward into the dermis and the epidermis; causing the irregular, bumpy texture we call cellulite.

Basically, women’s hormones have a lot to do with the predisposition of cellulite. Although, a few men have cellulite; woman predominately are victims of this irregularity of the skin (90 – 98%). As well, the fat layer of the man is not separated in chambers; it has more of a criss-crossing of connective tissue preventing the protrusion of fat cells into
their thicker dermis and epidermis.

Dr. John Curry is the Medical Director of BEAUTI-MED Laser Skin Care Centre and he understands how deeply problem skin can affect our well-being. During his general and surgical practice, he consulted time and again with patients requesting treatment that would effectively rejuvenate and correct skin – without the cost and recovery time of cosmetic surgery.

Dr. John Curry, MRCS, LRCP, DRCOG, has received extensive training and has performed major and cosmetic surgery for over 25 years. His memberships and qualifications includes The Royal College of Surgeons, The International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.