Chiropractic Care

February is Heart Month

Listen to your heart

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

Being a leap year, there is one extra day this year to put your heart first.  The reason heart disease is the #1 cause of death in Canada is because so many people ignore the symptoms.

  1. Not all heart attacks cause chest pain, though an ache or mild discomfort, burning, squeezing or a sensation of pressure in the chest can be an indicator.  Also – the pain may be present for a few minutes or hours and then subside, leading the person to believe that they are fine.
  2. Persistent coughing or wheezing can be a symptom of heart failure.
  3. Unusual fatigue can be another symptom of heart failure.  Feeling excessively tired can be a symptom in the weeks leading up to a heart attack.
  4. Pain in the shoulders, neck, arms, jaw or abdomen can be present – without any chest pain – during a heart attack.
  5. A rapid or irregular pulse, especially if accompanied by weakness dizziness or shortness of breath, should not be left untreated.

A person having a heart attack may not be aware or simply be in denial that they need urgent medical attention.  Wasting time is dangerous.  If you don’t feel well and are experiencing any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately or dial 911.

 

 

 


Spinal Decompression Therapy

back or neck pain

Spinal decompression therapy can provide relief from chronic neck or back pain

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic back or neck pain, spinal  decompression therapy may provide the long lasting relief you are looking for.

Spinal decompression treatments at Surrey Pain & Wellness chiropractic clinic are combined with a customized treatment plan to help ensure that your greatest potential for recovery is achieved.

Spinal decompression is done on a specialized table attached to a module that measures the exact parameters to adjust the spine and supports the body in a comfortable position for a prolonged period (about 15-20 minutes) to begin the necessary alignment required to reduce and eliminate painful conditions naturally without medication or surgery.

While some patients may experience immediate relief,  it is important to complete the entire treatment plan as prescribed by the chiropractor to ensure lasting re-alignment and recovery from pain.

If you suffer from chronic back or neck problems, spinal decompression therapy may be the treatment that provides lasting relief and finally  puts you on the road to recovery.    Visit our chiropractic clinic at Newton Crossing for a consult to find out more or read more about spinal decompression therapy at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Orthotics to maintain, recover and restore daily physical activity

Orhtotics relieve pain, provide support and can be customized to fit any pair of shoes

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic – Newton Crossing in Surrey, BC

Orthotics provided at Surrey Pain & Wellness chiropractic clinic are inserts customized for the individual foot – not feet, since even your own two feet are unique from each other.

A customized orthotic ensures the foot is in its neutral position to allow for safe and optimal movement.  With continued wear, the foot will begin to realign and restore proper movement and function, in turn supporting proper function of all the lower limbs.

As a result much foot, leg, hip and even back pain can be reduced or eliminated.

Custom orthotics help support an active lifestyle, improve overall athletic performance and decrease fatigue.  They can be worn in multiple pairs of shoes – be sure to discuss your daily activities with the chiropractor and bring along the shoes you would like to wear your orthotics with.

Custom orthotics are covered by most extended health insurance plans.  Common ailments treated by orthotics:

•    Plantar fasciitis
•    Bunions
•    Flat feet
•    Shin splints
•    Ankle pain
•    Knee pain
•    Hip pain
•    Back pain
•    Achilles tendinitis

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Resolutions for a Healthy Spine – Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

A Healthy Spine Helps Ensure a Healthier Year Ahead

As spinal health is a key aspect of your overall health and well being, resolve to have a healthier spine in 2012!

1.  I resolve to get regular chiropractic adjustments.  Why?

Relief. Relief from back or neck pain is often the first benefit our patients notice. You may  find other areas of your body are relieved once your spinal column is aligned as the nerves that run to those areas of the body also run through the spinal column.  Muscle spasms, headaches and other symptoms may also decrease after an adjustment.

Restore function. Chiropractic adjustments are unique in their ability to reduce stress on the joints, as well as helping restore normal range of motion and function through the entire body, while supporting the nervous system’s natural ability to heal itself.

Maintain aligngment. Proper spinal alignment results in proper nervous system function and when the nervous system is communicating properly, the body simply functions better.  Patients who regularly visit the chiropractor are less likely to relapse and find that they recover more quickly if they do happen to become injured.

2.   I resolve to ensure a quality sleep.  Why? 

Sleep is another key factor of overall health; this is when your body repairs itself.  Generally it is to lay in a neutral position on your side, rather than the stomach. (Sleeping directly on the stomach puts pressure on the spine.)   A supportive pillow and mattress can also help enhance the quality of your sleep.

3.  I resolve to increase my level of physical activity.  Why? 

If you are already active, consider changing it up.  Different types of exercise protect your spine in different ways and changing it up decreases your chance of repetitive injury. Lifting weights ensures spinal support and protection. Cardio help lose those extra pounds put on over the holidays. (Excess weight drags down on the ligaments, muscles and tendons of the lower back, causing pain.) Stretching helps keep the body flexible.  Some types of yoga combine stretching, strengthening and cardio.

4.   I resolve to stretch.   Why? 

Tight muscles can result in various imbalances in the body’s structure, causing  pain and increasing the risk of injury.  For example, tight hamstrings can cause posture problems, since this can pull the pelvis out of its normal position, resulting in chronic back or sacroiliac joint pain.

5.  I resolve to create a spine-friendly work environment.  Why?

Designing the workplace to meet your individual needs impacts health, safety, productivity and efficiency.

Back pain is one of the most common work-related injuries and is often caused by ordinary work activities such as sitting in an office chair or heavy lifting.  Make sure that you have ergonomic supports if your work requires long periods of sitting or standing, and that you are able to vary your position often.

6.  I resolve to stay hydrated.  Why?

Like all body parts, the spine requires water to maintain and repair healthy tissue and keep joints lubricated.  The cushion-like  discs between the vertebrae protect your spine by absorbing the impact of daily activity.  When you are consistently dehydrated, the discs are less able to absorb shock.   So keep a bottle of water with you, and sip frequently.

Tip:  if you don’t enjoy drinking water, throw in a wedge of lemon, lime or slice up some orange or cucumber into your water bottle for some tang!  Your spine (and the rest of your body) will thank you for it!