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Our holistic Nutritionist, Pavlina, specializes in teaching people to combine food, fitness and mindset to become a fat burning machine without giving up their wine, chocolate or popcorn.

After indulging in all the holidays festive feasts and treats lets get back on track!

Stay tuned for Pavlina’s New Years Free Sugar Challenge!!!!

Here’s a message from Pavlina herself:

Want to stay on track with your health during the Holidays Season?

The holiday season is upon us, Christmas is just around the corner and we who live in this North American culture – the holiday party, social gatherings etc. culture –  we are all staring down the face of food and drink abundance.

I just wanted to take a minute here and offer some prospective to all of you who are navigating this season with the ongoing commitment to lead a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is a commitment to choose less processed food, or to lower alcohol intake, or to include x number of serving of vegetables into you daily routine, or to avoid processed sugar, drink plenty of water and etc….

We are all facing a challenge this time of year that might be feared by many…..how do we stay on track?

Let’s embrace the challenge this year and set a new pattern of behaviour that will take us 1 step closer to our best essay writer, lets practice new behaviour together for easier future.

To figure out what is THE best approach for times like this for YOU is to first  find an answer to this question :

“ Are you a Moderator or are you an Abstainer”?

For some people restricting certain foods is not always fun but for some people it is actually easier to avoid all rather than to try to moderate their intake.

Can you relate to this scenario?  : “ Oh, I already had a serving of Christmas treats that I was not planning on eating so I might as well try all the goodies offered here and have fun time since I already “messed up”, and I will start again 100% tomorrow”….

That kind of approach would be considered the Abstainer – with the all or nothing attitude….It is exhausting for them to continually debate the thoughts in their head like “ Do I have it today or tomorrow?” or “How much should I have?” or  “I have been in the gym, don’t I deserve it?”

Therefore the best approach for the Abstainer is to abstain from all the deviations from their original plan. Whatever boundaries you have set for yourself in the past,  you will need to remind yourself (meditation works great) of your commitment each and every morning and plan for keeping your routine. (practically making sure you have your own foods at an arms length)

The moderator on the other hand, have a general sense of what is moderate for them or they set rules for themselves.  Like “ I will have 1 drink when I am invited out to a party, but I won’t have any drinks at home. “ They are able to have some, feel satisfied and it is easy for them not to overindulge.

Moderators will say, that having a little bit of something makes them want it less.

If you are a moderator, small treat here and there will go a long way for you.

Here are some tips for all to navigate with ease through the holidays

  1. Get sufficient amount of sleep.
  2. Keep yourself well hydrated. Having a glass of water in between drinks will slow down alcohol consumption, or between meals to keep your hunger signals at bay.
  3. Don’t skip on calories by skipping breakfast – lean source of protein and good quality fat with either veggies or piece of fruit will go a long way to stabilize your blood sugar level and prevent the need to overeat later in in the day.
  4. If you are planning to treat yourself, see what is out there that you would love to try, get a small plate out and place 1 small piece of each on the plate ahead of time. Accept this to be all that you will have for the day. This way there will be no room left for the little voice in your head to negotiate whether or not to have more…
  5. Make a commitment  every day to go outside to get fresh air,  connect with nature and at the same time to get some blood flowing through your veins through more movement.

Regardless of where on our journey we are at, let’s just look and see if we can create the warmth, the sparkle, the fabulous feeling that we are really aching for in this holiday from gratitude, from human connection, from shoving up to be fully of service to people that we are around on those days, and see if at the end of the day, when we put our head on the pillow, if we are not bursting out of every cell of our body with this eternal bliss …let’ just see…

If you feel like you would like to get a jump start and prepare ahead for the Holiday season, let me know,  I am here to help . Having a well thought out wellness plan ahead of time can sure take some of the stress associate with the Holidays off.

Yours in Health,

Pavlina

Don’t forget to stay tuned for the New Years Challenge!

We currently have 4 chiropractors, 2 decompression therapy rooms, 3 registered massage therapists, 1 physiotherapist, 1 chiropodist and 1 holistic nutritionist.

Revolutionary state-of-the-art office with advanced technology and the best experienced doctors & practitioners in Durham region, bringing you results with quality & affordability. We use the latest in technologies to get you faster results.

SpineWise is known in Durham region as the top clinic for advanced non-surgical and drug-free solutions to your health concerns. Our friendly multidisciplinary team works together with a primary goal, to help you achieve your health goals as quickly and comfortably as possible , and we are great at what we do! We strive to make our clinic a fun and friendly environment for all our practice members and we promise to go that extra mile, each and every single time.

Dr. Amit Sharda and the SpineWise team have been serving Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Courtice, Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering and the surrounding areas for 2 decades. Our welcoming team at SpineWise are committed to providing solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, headaches, or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident, experiencing an injury, or if you suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Even if you looking to improve your overall health, our team can help you attain your everyday wellness goals!

If you have not been to our office before and want to find out more, please email us or call (905) 623-8388 the answers to your questions from our experienced team.

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Anatomy 101

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The spine is one of the most important parts our body. It has three main functions:

  • Protects the spinal cord
  • Gives the body structure and support
  • Allows us to move freely

The Bones and Joints

The spine is made of 33 bones called vertebra that are stacked one above each other. There are:

  • 7 cervical vertebra in the neck
  • 12 thoracic vertebra in the middle back
  • 5 lumbar vertebra in the low back.

The sacrum is a wedged shaped bone in the pelvis made of 5 fused vertebra. The tail end of the spine (literally) we have the coccyx made of 4 fused coccygeal vertebra. The vertebra are given names based on their position in the spine. L1 is the first lumbar vertebra. There are 2 bones that have special names because of their special function. The atlas (C1) holds up the head and the axis allows the head to rotate from side to side.

Bones and Joints

Here you can see 2 vertebra stacked on top of the other. 3 joints join the vertebra to each other. The large disc in the front is like a soft cushion and provides support and absorbs pressure. The disc has a poor blood supply and receives its nutrition via sucking the nutrients from the body when you move. Behind the disc there are 2 facet joints. The facet joints guide the movement of the vertebra and have a large supply of nerves that feed your brain with information about where your spine is and how it is moving. Your brain uses this information when it is deciding how your organs should function. Some amazing research by Dr. Akio Sato has been done in this field. This is why is it is so important to maintain the normal movement of your spine. Between the facet joints and the disc is a gap called the intervertebral foramen or the IVF for short. The spinal nerves exit the spinal canal through the IVF. There are a number of bumps on each vertebra. You can see the transverse and spinouts processes in the picture. The muscles and ligaments of the spine attach to these bumps.

The Ligaments

There are a number of ligaments that cross between two vertebra. The ligaments hold the bones together while still allowing the joints to move. Some of the ligaments cross the intervetebral foramen and reduce the space the spinal nerves have to exit the spinal canal. When there is joint restriction the ligaments can rub twist and squash the nerves reducing their ability to carry healthy information from the brain to the body or the body back to the brain. With age and lack of exercise the ligaments become shorter and harder, making the joints stiffer. In the long term tight and stiff ligaments pull on the bones and produce bone spurs. Exercise and adjustments to maximize the health of the ligaments will minimize the effects of osteoarthritis in the future.

The Muscles

The Muscles

here are multiple layers of muscles in the back. Some are for supporting our spine and are called postural muscles or core muscles others are for moving our spine and are called the prime movers. The muscles are arranged in different patterns to bend our spine forwards backwards, sideways and rotate to each side. Like all muscles of the body the spinal muscles require good exercise and stretching to maintain their health and the health of your spine.

The Nerves

The spinal cord is the information superhighway between your brain and your body. Without it you could not move any part of your body and your organs could not function. It is made of millions of nerves. The spinal cord is protected by the bony spinal canal formed by the vertebra that are stacked one on top of the other. It is also protected by the duramater, a tough covering around the cord. Between the duramater and the spinal cord is the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) The CSF is important for protection of the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and the spinal cord and feeds the CNS with nutrients from the blood.

The Peripheral Nerves

The spinal nerves convey information between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. The spinal nerves exit the spinal canal through each of the intervertebral foramen between each pair of vertebra. Like the tributaries of a river the small spinal nerves form larger nerves, such as the sciatic nerve, which runs down the buttock into the leg. This is how your brain controls every single cell and organ in you body. The following chart describes which spinal nerves innervate (supply) which parts of the body. You will notice that all the body parts actually receive information from more than one spinal nerve and the nerves travel a great distance to get to the organ they are supplying. This is why the actual problem in the spinal can be a long way away from you feeling the problem.

What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

Contemporary medical acupuncture (also known as functional integrated acupuncture or biomedical acupuncture) takes the traditional form of Chinese acupuncture and modifies it using modern day scientific understandings of human physiology and anatomy. At first glance contemporary medical acupuncture appears very similar to the traditional Chinese approach, as the same small, thin needles are placed in specific points on the body for a period of 5 to 30 minutes and removed. However, there are considerable differences between the approaches.

 Contemporary vs. Traditional

In contemporary medical acupuncture, treatment is given after a conventional medical/neuro-functional diagnosis. This diagnosis is made based on established methods of a medical history taking and physical examination. After the diagnosis is established, the practitioner will use acupuncture needles to influence the physiology of specific structures that were identified in the initial examination. Needle placement will be determined based on specific goals to affect local tissue structures, target specific spinal segmental outflow, as well as influence central regulatory effects on the nervous system. In summary the points used in this form of acupuncture are chosen based on their specific neuroanatomical and neuromuscular location related to your specific pain or dysfunction. The practitioner will typically use contemporary medical acupuncture as another treatment tool along with other therapeutic approaches such as: manual joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue techniques, stretching and rehabilitation exercises.

On the other hand, a traditional Chinese acupuncturist or Nathuropathic doctor will also do a very comprehensive history/physical examination but make a diagnosis based on complex theories regarding disturbance in the body’s balance (energy) that need to be addressed with treatment. This traditional form of acupuncture involves the similar use of small needles inserted at specific points on the body, but aimed to help to regulate the flow of energy or Qi. Dysregulation of this energy in the body is stated to be at the root of all ailments and disease. By regulating the state of qi with the needles, traditional acupuncturists aim to help guide the body back into homeostasis. While modern science may find it difficult to explain in conventional medical terms, traditional Chinese acupuncture has been around for more than 2500 years and has produced positive results for centuries.

Since contemporary medical acupuncture lends itself to the same method of understanding musculoskeletal complaints, it makes for an excellent clinical tool for many modern day manual practitioners to add to their current toolkit, including chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapy and more.

Commonly Treated Conditions (based on current evidence):

  • Neck pain
  • Upper limb pain, (especially rotator cuff tendonitis, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow)
  • Lower limb pain
  • Low back pain
  • Chronic knee pain
  • Myofascial pain – including myofascial trigger points
  • Fibromyalgia

 

We at SpineWise have more then one provider that has been trained in acupuncture. Give us a call today to book your consultation! 905-623-8388

tmj-treatmentTemporomandibular joint illness is commonly called TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder by many people, but the correct term for this condition is TMD. This article is going to look at this condition and the signs and symptoms of TMD.

TMJ is a very painful disorder that initiates in the joint of the jaw, but often the symptoms and pain can spread through other areas in the body. The joint that is affected is called the temporomandibular joint, and it is situated right where the lower jaw bone connects with the skull.

There are numerous different causes of TMJ/TMD. The main cause of TMD is when the jaw bones are not associated, which causes strain and pressure on the jaw joint. Jaw bone may be caused by teeth that don’t line up or problems with the jaw muscles that keep the joint moving smoothly. If you are suffering from jaw pain then you can look for best treatments for jaw pain In Bowmanville at http://www.spinewise.ca/jaw-pain/.

If you are experiencing jaw pain, the very first move you need to do is to go to the dentist. Try to let him check if there is something wrong with your tooth alignment that might basis jaw pains or has your jaws X-rayed.

Supportive Mouth ExercisesIt is helpful to find out some operational and easy mouth exercises for earlier pain relief after teeth removal. Helpful mouth exercises helps in reducing the pain. The best mouth exercises after wisdom teeth removal will help protect your teeth also decrease the swelling of your jaw and reach faster recovery.

Do normal jaw muscle movements and exercises, instead of massage the area with your hand.

There are some good exercises which are suggested by dentists. Some of them are best and safe exercises after mouth surgery.

5 Easy Pain Relief Ideas after Wisdom Tooth Removal

1. Put salt on your extracted tooth area and gently massage it to help it get absorbed. Not only salt helps keep the area clean and kill the bacteria, it also acts as a natural safe pain killer.
2. Wash your mouth with an antiseptic mouth wash consistently every night before nap.
3. Hold an ice compress on your cheek where your surgery area is inside your mouth
4. Chew some garlic. It is old natural remedies to not only keep your mouth free from bacteria or infections but also helps calm down the pain.
5. The good old Aspirin. If your pain is just too much, the good old pain killer medicine will save the day.

If you are suffering from extreme jaw pain then you can visit jaw pain doctors in Bowmanville. Doctors suggest you best exercise after teeth removal.

lower jaw painLower Jaw Pain

Is the jaw pain agonizing and radiate up around the ear area or even cause tooth pain? If so, you might have temporomandibular joint.

What is TMJ

TMJ is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint that affects inflammation and unbelievable pain of the join. This pain can radiate up into the ear, face and neck, causing tooth pain, headaches and stiff and sore jaw muscles making it hard to chew or open the mouth.

The temporomandibular joint is the joint that joins the lower jaw to the skull. This is located right below the ear. Because of this, this joint can become weak and damaged leading to this disorder that causes dangerous pain. If you are looking for treatments of jaw pain in Bowmanville, SpineWise clinic is the best clinic for curing any disease.

Some of the TMJ starts with lower jaw pain, and is caused by trauma (car accident, a punch to the jaw, etc…) to the joint, extended amount of stress (stress causes us to clinch the jaw).

There are many techniques to cure your lower jaw pain, but some are more involved than others. If you have dangerous cases of TMJ, you can look at surgery also.

TMJ - Jaw Pain ReliefDo not easily get panicked if you happen to have jaw pain. Mainly, jaw pains are caused by trauma or any pain from your body and are directed to your teeth or jaw.

If you are suffering right now from lower jaw pain or have had acute or chronic jaw pain, you can search for jaw pain experts in Bowmanville. Lower jaw pain can be caused by a few things including arthritis, fractures, dislocations, structural issues and whiplash injuries in the jaw.

Causes Of Jaw Pain And Trouble:

There are several points that can be made about jaw pain reason-

• Arthritis can affect any joint. You may need to go to a medical doctor to rule out arthritis of the jaw joint.
• Sudden clenching of the jaws out of anger or eating something can cause such pain. This is mainly because the clenching action puts unnecessary pressure on the flexible and soft joint and creates tight muscles of the face, jaw and neck.
• Sleeping on your tummy pushes the head to one side and can cause tight muscles and pressure on the jaw.
• Chewing gum – if your jaw ball and socket are not correctly placed, chewing gum is going to put a continuous strain on your jaw joint and muscles. Avoid chewing gum if you are having jaw problems.
• Sometimes the ball and socket keeping the joint in place may slip off from their usual positions affecting the jaw to open and/or close imperfectly.

Jaw-Pain-relief-bowmanvilleDo not simply get freaked if you happen to have jaw pain. Mainly, jaw pains are began by trauma or any pain from your body and are focused to your teeth or jaw. A boxer who has been in some fights usually met broken ears, noses and jaws.

This sort of involvement will cause a person trauma in some parts of their body like their jaws. A broken jaw will keep on giving side effects to the person and gives pain in an unpredicted time.

Get an Xray with your local dentist In Bowmanville

If you are feeling jaw pain, the very first move you need to do is to go to dentist. Try to let him check if there is something wrong with your tooth alignment that might cause jaw pains or have your jaws X-rayed. For more info, visit www.spinewise.ca/jaw-pain/.

You might have a jammed knowledge tooth that is increasing inside your gums. If this is so, you will really feel pain on your jaws and dentist will give you proper medicines. If your dentist will give you a detailed result then you should take that. They will directly refer you to a doctor for more check-ups.

Another thing to study is the bone structure of your jaws. With the help of X-ray also, you will understand how your bone structure look like inside and this will give you a hint why your jaws are painful.

serious Jaw PainJaw pain is not all that uncommon among people these days, and if you have experienced it, you know that it is just plain uncomfortable. Temporomandibular Joint (also known as “TMJ”) is the joint that connects the lower jaw bone and the skull. People that are experiencing TMJ jaw pain may feel pain when this joint is moved, or they may have pain all the time regardless of the motion that is occurring in the jaw.

TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint disorders, is often caused by unsymmetrical chewing patterns, tightness of the neck, and head posture. TMJ jaw pain especially common for people who tend to grind their teeth at night in their sleep and do it unknowingly. This is simply called Sleep Bruxism.

Some of the most common TMJ symptoms include:

1. Headaches
2. A sudden change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
3. A clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth
4. Jaws that “get stuck,” lock or go out
5. Tenderness of the jaw muscles
6. Pain brought on by yawning, opening the mouth widely or chewing

If you are getting a clicking and/or popping noise in your jaw when you open and close your mouth, this too is a form of TMJ syndrome. You should always consult a bowmanville chiropractor or medical doctor when experiencing any kinds of pain, especially TMJ jaw pain.

There are several forms of TMJ treatment, including: bite guards to adjust the way the jaw fits together, exercises to change the way the jaw muscles move, and in severe cases surgery may be needed.

Here is a list of clinicians that traditionally may treat TMJ dysfunction:

• Dentists
• Chiropractors
• Orthopedists
• Neurologists
• Psychologists
• Medical Doctors
• Massage Therapists
• Acupuncturists

What Will Bowmanville Chiropractor Do?

Chiropractors specialize in working with the connections between muscle and bone in the body, while they are often stigmatized and only working on the back, neck, and limbs. The jaw is still a very intricate connection between bone and tissue, meaning that chiropractors are able to treat many problems associated with jaw pain.

Always visit a professional if you are experiencing signs of TMJ disorder which are not subsiding on their own. If you pay a visit to the chiropractor and they are able to treat your problem, you can go back to a healthy pain-free life without the need for invasive medical treatments.

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