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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!

How to Prepare for your Chiropractor Appointment – Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

Are you new to Chiropractic?

Welcome to Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic – and a natural, drug-free approach to optimal health and wellness!   Chiropractic provides an approach to healing a range of musculoskeletal problems – neck, back, shoulder, hip, arms, legs, muscles and nerves.

1.  Don’t put off booking your chiropractic appointment, especially if you are in pain. We do try to accommodate walk-in patients and patients with schedules, but it is always best to call ahead of time.  If we don’t have a same day appointment
available, let us know if you are open to cancellations and we will call you if another patient cancels.

 Fill in the Systems Review, the Health History Questionnaire and the New Patient Initial Intake Form ahead of time.  Also make note of any additional symptoms you are experiencing.   It is easy to forget important details, so if you prepare in advance, the doctor can review your history and symptoms with you thoroughly at your first appointment.  You can download each of the forms by clicking on the link and printing them off at home.   You can also stop by our office to pick up the forms or call to have them faxed.  Alternatively, you could arrive a few minutes early to fill the forms in so you don’t feel rushed.

2.  Make note of any questions you have before your appointment – whether you have been to our office once or 100 times.  And – don’t forget to bring your notes along to your appointment!

3.  Find out what insurance benefits you have and the type of coverage it provides for chiropractic treatment(s), laser pain therapy, customized orthotics, or spinal decompression therapy.  Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic wants chiropractic care to be accessible and affordable in the community.

 If you don’t have extended health benefits and are on the British Columpia  MSP Supplementary Benefits Program, Surrey
Pain & Wellness Clinic charges no additional premiums.

We hope to see you at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic soon!  Let the healing begin – call 604.507.9929.

 

Chiropractic Medicine – Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic

Chiropractic medicine at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic includes spinal adjustments and more…

Chiropractic treatments re-align the spine to ensure optimal function in the back, neck and the entire skeletal and musculature systems in the body.

Chiropractic manipulations are a holistic approach to overall health & well being, since all body functions stem from the spine.  Now there are a range of treatment holistic, pain-free, non invasive treatment options available at many chiropractic clinics.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic provides a full range of treatment options to best support recovery, rehabilitation and overall wellness:

Chiropractic Services - ensuring alignment so that structure supports function/lifestyle

Spinal Decompression Therapy - a course of treatments for severe lower back & neck pain

Laser Pain Therapy -  a course of treatments to reduce inflammation and accelerate tissue repair

Shockwave Therapy - three treatments to breakdown scar tissue and accelerate healing (usually chronic or old injuries)

Customized Foot Orthotics – providing your entire body support when you stand, walk or run

Some common benefits of the chiropractic and holistic therapies offered at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic:

  • Pain reduction
  • Increased blood flow & energy
  • Decreased muscle spasms
  • Reduced stress throughout the body
  • Faster recovery time

Chiropractors are front line health care providers – no referral from your general practitioner is necessary!

If you live or work in Surrey, BC, request a consult with Dr. Manjit Sadhra at the Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Dr. Sadhra has provided chiropractic and a range of wellness services for thousands of patients in BC & Alberta and was voted “Best Chiropractor in Surrey, Delta & White Rock” by his patients and readers of The Surrey Now Newspaper.


Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic – Wellness Series Part 3 of 3

Is wellness physical health?  Quality of life?  Freedom from pain?

Health and wellness is all of these things.  Doctors and scientists have studied the lifestyles and genetics of people from different periods in history, from different cultures and environments to help understand health and longevity. This month the Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic blog is focusing on wellness – welcome to part three of this three part series, a focus on freedom from pain.

 

Freedom from Pain

Pain.  No one needs to describe what it feels like – we can all identify with it, whether it’s the intense sensation of a scrape, burn or injury or something much more serious.

Even if you don’t know the cause of your pain, pain tells us that something in our body isn’t right.  So do you visit the doctor? The chiropractor?  Physiotherapist or massage therapist?  Take medication? Vitamins?  All or none of the above?

When pain becomes chronic – generally lasting at least three months, it becomes something else entirely.    The physical and emotional core is stressed, fatigued and their day-to-day living is affected.  Chronic pain can undermines a person’s well-being,  productivity and even of the essence of who they are, as the focus of each day is on how to eradicate the pain and trying all of the above remedies, and many others.

Chronic pain is complex in that it can differ tremendously – even between individuals  who suffer from the exact same injury or disease.   This can be because of a co-existing condition or injury or many other environmental or psychological factors that must be factored into how an individual perceives and experiences pain.

Diagnosing Chronic Pain

There is no way to measure how pain varies between individuals, but first and foremost, health care providers must take the patient’s description and feedback into account.   This is probably more important than what the medical books suggest a patient could or should be feeling for any condition.

A full physical examination can provide more insight into the cause of chronic pain.  However, more detailed and technical examinations will likely be made and may include x-ray, MRI, EEG, blood tests, etc.

Managing & Treating Chronic Pain

The goal of pain management is to improve the day-to-day function and quality of life for the patient, and as mentioned that varies from person to person.

Whatever treatment regime is it is important to remember that chronic pain is treatable, and may require a combination of many approaches, such as physical activity, relaxation, nutrition and access to health care.  Different health care providers will also recommend different approaches or courses of treatment.  While it is important for patients who suffer from chronic pain to explore a range of different health care providers, it is always best to be up front with each as to what kinds of treatments, medications etc. have been used in the past.  Each patient should document this not only to share with other health care providers, but as a reference for themselves and a tool for making decisions on what is working and what is not.

Though chronic pain is an individual and personal health issue – it is also a major issue for public health, as well as  family, friends, employers and health care providers who are affected and need to give ongoing support for those who suffer from the physical as well as the emotional impact of chronic pain.

Chiropractic treatments can be useful in reducing  many kinds of pain, and may be most effective with chronic pain, since  pain  impacts the structure and function of the body – how you move, your posture and the quality of sleep you have.  Even organic disease causes reactions in the body’s skeletal and muscular functioning that can increase the level of pain in the body overall.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic welcomes feedback and insight for those who have suffered with chronic pain, whether or not chiropractic is a part of your current or ongoing recovery from chronic pain.

If you currently suffer from chronic pain or know someone who does, refer them to Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic for a consultation – our goal is to let the healing begin.  604.507.9929.

 

 

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic – Wellness Series Part 2 of 3

Is wellness physical health?  Quality of life?  Freedom from pain?

Health and wellness is all of these things.  Scientists have studied the lifestyles and genetics of people in history, from different cultures and environments to help understand health and longevity. This month the Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic blog is focusing on wellness.

Welcome to part two of this three part series, a focus on quality of life.

“Quality of life” is a term used to evaluate the well-being of individuals and communities. It describes how people feel about the environment in which they live, work  and play – and while the definition may differ according to levels of income, social status, health and/or living conditions, these factors don’t necessarily relate to an individual’s level of happiness.

Without trying to sound too much like an infomercial, do you want more peace of mind?  Do you long for more in control of your life?  Do you want to be excited by the possibilities each day brings when you leap out of bed in the morning?  Could you use  greater financial security or a better job?  Do you wish your life was abundant with healthy, happy relationships and energy enough to be active every day?

Sure! Who wouldn’t?  The reality is that life is often stressful. Here are 4 ideas to make small (and BIG) changes in your life that will increase your quality of life:

1)  Change what you think.  How often do you respond to life’s struggles in a negative way?  Think of ways that you have responded to the challenges life presented in the last month or so.   Can you re-think “life is hard” and approach each day with a new attitude that “life is an adventure”?  Changing what you think will change the way you feel, and eventually the way you act.

2)  Change your surroundings.  Where you live, where you work, where you play should be mostly comfortable, positive and even inspiring.  And that includes the people you interact with. Put your energy and effort into positive people and make sure your environment impacts you in a positive way.  That could mean applying for a new job, painting your kitchen or cleaning the closets.

3)  Change your level of intensity.  Do you live life at a snail’s pace?  Or are you always moving at lightning speed?  Maybe you need to speed up a little so that you aren’t bogged down with the same old routines… or maybe you need to put the brakes on once in a while and see what you’ve been missing.  Either way, you will find that you do more, and enjoy more.

4)  Change the way you look.  A new haircut or a fitness regime can inspire you to apply for a new job posting at work or make you feel more confident when you look in the mirror.

Finding ways to make small, positive changes can result in big life changes.   And that can change everything!

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic welcomes feedback and insight for those who have improved their quality of life, whether or not you are a chiropractic patient at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic or another chiropractic clinic.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic 604.507.9929.