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How Network Chiropractic Improves Symptoms

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Featured, Health, Network Chiropractic | Comments Off on How Network Chiropractic Improves Symptoms

How Network Chiropractic Improves Symptoms

It’s common for me to get questions about how Network Chiropractic improves symptoms: “Dr. Leo, how can gentle touches to the spine possibly improve my symptoms? Shouldn’t you be using more force? I need to feel like you’re doing something, don’t I?” Network Chiropractic is a special technique that uses gentle touches to cause the body to self-heal. Many people are not familiar with using low-forces for healing. It’s understandable. Symptoms like pain and stiffness usually involves treatment that is uncomfortable or even painful. Medications can cause dangerous side-effects. Surgery is usually too painful without a local or general anesthetic. We expect that every treatment comes with something unpleasant or risky. We expect to have something “done” to us and be able to “feel” the treatment working, even if it’s painful. Network Chiropractic takes a completely different approach. Treatment consists of a series of one or more precise and gentle adjustments to the spine that cause your body to internally heal the underlying tension and injuries. Even though patients barely notice the adjustments, imperceptible changes start happening in the body right away. Your spine and nervous system being waking up to the pressure and injuries that have been building up. It’s common that people feel more symptoms early in the process because their bodies are becoming more self-aware. And this is the key issue in healing – self-awareness. When I ask patients when their symptoms started, I’m often told, “I’m not exactly sure when I started noticing it.” This is a strong sign of poor self-awareness. Without strong self-awareness, we can’t make changes to our lifestyle to reverse the injuries. Without the self-awareness, symptoms go unnoticed – maybe for months to years – before we recognize a problem. Without self-awareness, our body’s own ability to heal is diminished. Network Chiropractic specializes in teaching you and your nervous system the ability to be self-aware and self-heal. No painful or risky treatment. No dangerous side-effects. A Network Chiropractor is not “doing” something to you, instead she is teaching your body how to recognize what’s happening inside and “do” the healing itself just as nature intended. Yours in health, Dr. Leo   PS: If you found this information helpful, please email us for a consultation to find out how Network Chiropractic can help you....

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How does Network Chiropractic Work?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Featured, Health, Network Chiropractic | Comments Off on How does Network Chiropractic Work?

How does Network Chiropractic Work?

Ever wonder how Network Chiropractic works? I’ve been asked this lately: “Dr. Leo, my [ back, neck, headaches, energy, mood, etc. ] has been getting much better thank you, but I still don’t know how you do it. You barely touched my spine.” Firstly, people do get better with very little force to the spine. A Network Adjustment also called a Spinal Entrainment, uses precise and gentle touches to the spine to cause our bodies to self-heal. Patients who are dealing with aches, pain, and stiffness often feel better early in the course of their plan. People who’ve lost energy, focus, mobility or strength show improvement too. When it’s time to do an exam of their progress, people show better alignment and less pressure in the spine and nerves.   But how does it happen? There’s a lot to know about healing. We’ll be writing about this topic regularly to help you understand how it works.   Nerves Drive Healing and Repair What does a Network Chiropractor really adjust? When I adjust or entrain your spine, I’m working with something called Spinal Gateways. What are Spinal Gateways? Inside your spinal column is the spinal cord. It’s about 17in / 43cm long and about the width of a finger. The spinal cord is made of over 13 million nerves. We need the nerves to transmit signals between our brain and every part of our body. We literally live and die by those nerves and their signals. When the signals are coming through cleanly, our bodies function and heal as they should. When the nerves are under pressure, the signals can distort and drop out, causing your body, brain, and heart to miss out on important messages. This is when function and repair suffers. The worst thing is that your body can get distorted signals and you might not notice symptoms until much later. Fortunately, inside our spinal cords are the Spinal Gateways. Spinal Gateways are the gatekeepers of our nervous system. They are clusters of brain cells and are constantly gathering information from all parts of your body: your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, joints, muscles and other organs. Using the information gathered, Spinal Gateways send out the appropriate signals back to the body. These could be signals to contract or relax a muscle, to tell an organ to do it’s normal function or to switch to repair mode. For people who are injured or having trouble healing, these Spinal Gateways can be asleep and mishandling life-critical information. When that happens, your body doesn’t function or heal the way it should. Let me say this, your body literally lives and dies by the health of your Spinal Gateways. Every time I entrain, we wake up gateways from their slumber. That is when signals for normal function and repair really flow. That’s how we heal. Stay tuned for more articles as uncover the mystery of healing. Dr....

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A Chiropractor Lowers Blood Pressure, Not Just Pain

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on A Chiropractor Lowers Blood Pressure, Not Just Pain

A Chiropractor Lowers Blood Pressure, Not Just Pain

Chiropractic has a reputation for treating all things related to the spine. People come to a chiropractor because they know chiropractic can help with their back, neck and shoulder pain. A lot of them even know that a Network Chiropractor uses gentle forces to help them get relief, get moving again and get their lives back. The vast majority of patients get better with Network Chiropractic. Their shoulder and neck pain improves, their back pain disappears. And very often, there are extra added benefits. They’re happier, have more energy, and have fewer coughs and cold. Are these added benefits simply an accident or placebo? The benefits to overall health and well-being are real and come from chiropractic care. A 2007 study from the Journal of Human Hypertension – that’s where the experts on high blood pressure hang out – looked for the connection between chiropractic and lowering blood pressure. The researchers tested low-force chiropractic against a placebo chiropractic treatment and measured blood pressure. The people who were tested had no back or neck pain. Does a chiropractor help with blood pressure? Yes, absolutely! You don’t need to have back pain, neck pain, or pain of any kind to benefit from a chiropractor. People who received a low-force chiropractic treatment lowered their blood pressure on average by 17 points systolic (the higher of the 2 numbers) and 10 points diastolic (the lower of the 2). For someone with hypertension (140/90 mmHg), this is enough to lower blood pressure back to a healthy range. To put this in perspective, it would take drug therapy using 2 prescription medications combined to lower your blood pressure by the same amount. Chiropractic lowers your blood pressure. No side-effects and no need to have pain beforehand. What so many people knew all along is now proven by the research. A chiropractor is not just for pain and alignment, but for your overall health and well-being. Yours in health, Dr....

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Depression and Anxiety Improved with a Chiropractor

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Depression and Anxiety Improved with a Chiropractor

Depression and Anxiety Improved with a Chiropractor

Tis the season for gift giving and merry making and for many, the most stressful time of year. From the festive obligations to the change in temperature and daylight hours, the season can leave many feeling anxious and depressed. And if you already suffer from either of these during the brighter and warmer months, then winter can be a very overwhelming time. Each year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem.[1] Over the years, many patients have shared with me their experiences of depression and anxiety, and they can vary dramatically. I’ve been told stories of tension, decreased mood, low appetite, sweaty palms, sleep trouble, fatigue, mental fogginess, worry and more. Fortunately, researchers have found that chiropractic can help. A 1997 study of 2818 patients receiving Network chiropractic showed that treatments helped to increase mental and emotional health, decrease stress and improve life enjoyment.[2] A 2013 study on chiropractic, depression and anxiety showed that chiropractic significantly decreased nervousness, worry, irritability, fear, hopelessness and fatigue. It found improvements to sleep, energy, self-esteem, concentration and life enjoyment. [3] How can a chiropractor improve anxiety and depression? Spinal misalignments can put pressure on your nerve system and cause changes in the way you think and feel. With pressure on the nerve system, communication between the mind and body is disrupted, even cut off. Your nerve system is made of nerves and nerve cells that are much like the electrical wiring, circuit breakers and fuses in your home and office. Imagine if the circuit breakers kept tripping off and shutting off the power? If the power was cut to your body, how healthy could you be? When the spine is misaligned, it damages and disrupts the nerve system, just like a circuit breaker constantly tripping off. It blocks the transmission of information between the body and mind. By realigning the spine and taking the pressure off the nerves, you improve your internal connection and ultimately your health. Depression and anxiety affect so many of us. Ask a chiropractor about how chiropractic can help. Call the centre today to book an appointment.   Yours in health, Dr. Leo     [1] Smetanin et al (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011-2041 [2] Blanks, R. H., Tonya L. Schuster, and Marnie Dobson. “A retrospective assessment of network care using a survey of self-rated health, wellness, and quality of life.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 1.4 (1997): 1-17. [3] Roth, L., et al. “Upper cervical chiropractic care as a complementary strategy for depression and anxiety: a prospective case series analysis.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research (2013): 49-59....

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Bring Home the Bacon… but less of it please.

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Bring Home the Bacon… but less of it please.

Bring Home the Bacon… but less of it please.

At the end of October, the World Health Organization (WHO) unwittingly upset the carnivore world by releasing scientific evidence that bacon causes cancer[1], or more specifically processed meats and possibly red meat in general. But how is this possible? Processed meat simply means that it has been modified to either extend its shelf-life or change the taste, through smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. Researchers believe that the Chinese started salting pork in 1,500 BC as a means of extending its shelf-life through the harsh winters. In the middle ages in Britain, bacon consumption was restricted to peasants only because it’s made primarily from the cheap fatty parts of the pig, but only once or twice a week. And then along came Oscar Mayer in the 20s revolutionizing the meat industry by pre-packaging all kinds of different processed meats, including hot dogs, sausages, corned beef and bacon, making it easier to consume even more. Which we did! In the last 4 years, North Americans have consumed more bacon than ever – in 2013, it made over $4 billion in sales. This is why scientists have decided to take a closer look at just how good these strips of greasy deliciousness are for us. Which brings us to the newest reports: the chemicals involved in making processed meats – including the sodium nitrite found in the brine – along with high temperature cooking, such as on a barbeque which creates carcinogenic chemicals, could be increasing the risk of cancer. And this last point is why bacon has been placed in Group 1 of carcinogens, the same category as smoking, causing much ire among the salted-smoky meat-loving community. So is bacon really as bad as smoking? Smoking increases your risk of lung cancer by 2,500%; eating 2 slices of bacon a day increases your risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent[2]. So even if you ate more than 10 pieces of bacon a day, you still wouldn’t be at the same risk level as a smoker. The key here is MODERATION – lots of things are bad for you if done in excess, including exercise, but a few pieces of salted goodness once or twice a week are not going to land you on the slab at the morgue any sooner. Just make sure to balance them out with some great colon cleansers like dark leafy greens!   [1] http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf [2] http://www.wired.com/2015/10/who-does-bacon-cause-cancer-sort-of-but-not-really/  ...

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