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Improvement in Balance in a 74 year old man receiveing Chiropractic Care

Below is another study showing how Chiropractic care was able to assist a man in his 70's with his balance.  The study measured this as joint position sense, postural stability, and reaction time.  They note that the patient was originally unable to keep his balance when standing still with his eyes closed.  After Chiropractic care the patient was able to balance with his eyes closed while standing on a foam cushion!  This greatly helps this person keep up with the things that he wants to do throughout his day, and makes life that much more enjoyable.  Combine this with what we have learned above and it gives us hope and confidence that we can improve our brain's ability to coordinate and balance our body in our environments which can in turn assist in "growing our brain"! Read the article's abstract below and connect to the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research for the full article. Here to help you regain your balance in Mississauga, -Dr. Callum Peever   Improvement in Sensorimotor Function, Postural Stability, Joint Position Sense and Reaction Time in an Asymptomatic 74-year-old Male Receiving Chiropractic Care
"Abstract Objective: To describe and discuss improvements in sensorimotor function in a 74-year-old male receiving chiropractic care. Clinical Features: A 74-year-old male patient presented for chiropractic care as a participant in a chiropractic clinical trial. Intervention and Outcome: The patient received Torque Release Technique Chiropractic Care for three months. After the three months of care, significant improvements were observed in postural stability, joint position sense and reaction time. Conclusion: This case report documents the improvement in sensorimotor function in a 74-year-old male receiving chiropractic care. Further research is required to determine the role chiropractors may play in improving sensorimotor function in older people."
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Bad Balance Associated With Brain Damage And Decline

Bad Balance is Associated With Brain Damage And Decline

I recently came across this study from Japan that found an association between postural instability (bad balance) and early pathological changes in the brain and functional decline, even in apparently healthy subjects.  Check out the article, read my insights, and also read the case of a young boy with a traumatic brain injury leading to balance and coordination problems who was able to improve with the help of Chiropractic! – Dr. Callum Peever

Association of Postural Instability With Asymptomatic Cerebrovascular Damage and Cognitive Decline
The Japan Shimanami Health Promoting Program Study

The postural instability was identified and assessed with a one-leg standing time test and posturography findings.  I am uncertain what specifically posturography entails, but can deduce that it is a measure of a person’s posture.  I do understand one-leg standing times and tests and use it frequently in my chiropractic offices in Hamilton and Mississauga.

One Leg standing tests in my Chiropractic Offices in Mississauga and Hamilton

One-leg standing is an important function of a functioning body.

If you cannot stand on one leg, you cannot confidently walk or go up stairs, and it is also difficult to walk and down stairs.

This greatly impedes a person’s ability to maintain there independence and I will usually say that if you cannot stand on one leg for over 5 seconds – you need a cane or support.

The coordination of balancing on two legs against gravity is challenging for the body, but we do get good at it through our neurodevelopment as a child.

Standing on one leg is much more difficult, but once again our bodies do get impressively good at coordinating all of the neurological reflexes and mechanical motions required to stand on one leg well.

How do you use one leg standing time in your Mississauga Chiropractic office?

I will typically have patients stand on one leg or balance with their eyes closed when undergoing a chiropractic exam to determine how well their brain is able to connect/communicate/coordinate their body against gravity.

I notice that people with a health history of hitting their heads will be more unstable when attempting to balance.

It is interesting is to see that these researchers in Japan found an association between postural instability and cognitive decline and brain damage.

Improving one leg standing tests in an elderly chiropractor patient – 

In my chiropractic offices I have seen patients improve their one leg standing times, postures, and balance while undergoing regular chiropractic care.

John is a chiropractic patient in his 90’s who was very unstable when I first started working with him.  He was also very rude and could not handle the other social interactions throughout the waiting room at my chiropractic clinic.  Through weekly chiropractic adjustments it has been amazing to see the improvements in John’s balance over the year.  His confidence has also noticeably improved and his demeanor with other people.

Even though this study from Japan did not discuss improvements in posture and spinal mechanics impacting the health of the brain, we do see the impact in our chiropractic offices, such as in John.  There are studies regarding neuroplasticity that highlight the amazing ability of the brain to continue to change, grow, and improve even at any age.

If you are noticing that your balance is decreasing, start making an impact to improve it now as it can be associated with cognitive decline and brain damage.

Recognize that Chiropractic care is aimed at helping keep your nervous system clear of interference so that the brain can communicate well with the body, which can help you improve your balance in life and help you live well.

Are there other studies I could read if I am curious to learn more?

Here’s another recent study “…showed statistically significant differences in static balance parameters between patients with spinal canal stenosis compared with the asymptomatic group.” -A comparative analysis of static balance between patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis and asymptomatic participants.

Here is a 2015 study showing excellent results of patients being helped by chiropractic care when experiencing dizziness or balance disorders :

The Role of Chiropractic Care in the Treatment of Dizziness or Balance Disorders: Analysis of National Health Interview Survey Data.

And here is a pdf report about how Chiropractic adjustments can make you smarter! Can Chiropractic Adjustments Make you Smarter PDF

Here to help you improve your brain health through chiropractic care!

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

phdabis presentation on balance in the workplace by Dr. Tiffany and Dr. Callum
Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services presentation on balance in the workplace by Dr. Tiffany and Dr. Callum

Improvement in a young patient with a traumatic brain injury that led to balance problems

The following are excerpts from a 2016 research article from the journal of pediatric, maternal, and family health regarding the case of a boy who had a traumatic brain injury causing many coordination and balance problems.  Fortunately for this boy, his family sought chiropractic care and he was able to improve his coordinate and balance, leading to more confidence and improved quality of life. Amazing! – Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mill Optimum Health

Improvement Following Chiropractic Care in an 11-year-old Male with Traumatic Brain Injury: Case Report & review of Literature

“Clinical Features: An 11-year-old male presents for chiropractic care with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a motor vehicle collision 5 years prior. The patient lacked proper motor control and use of his left hand and lacked balance and coordination of the lower extremities. The patient had difficulties with speech and was unable to find balance of a global wobble board and took 5 minutes to find balance on a uniplanar wobble board and held it for 5 seconds.”

“Intervention and Outcome: The patient received chiropractic adjustments characterized as high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrust type known as Diversified and Thompson Technique. In addition to adjustments, neuromuscular re-education was utilized to provide increased coordination for left upper extremities and proprioception for lower extremities. The patient received care over a period of eight months consisting of 28 visits. As a result of the care he received, the patient demonstrated improved coordination, is able to balance on a global wobble board, is better able to enunciate words and has an improved quality of life.”

“Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in children with traumatic brain injury.”

“Case Narrative: An 11-year-old boy with a traumatic brain injury 5 years prior involving many fractures leading to decreased strength and coordination. The mother stated previous practitioners reported there was nothing more that could be done to improve her son’s coordination. On postural examination, the patient demonstrated an anterior head carriage with bilateral rounded shoulders.”

“The patient received care over a period of 8 months consisting of 28 visits. As a result of the care he received, the patient demonstrated improved coordination, is able to perform finger-to-nose without hitting himself, is able to balance on the global wobble board, and is better able to enunciate words. The patient’s mother stated “The other day he ran to me saying he was able to tie his shoes and had me watch him. He was not able to button his pants, dress himself, or tie his shoes before coming here to the clinic. Now he is able to button his pants, dress himself, and tie his shoes without any help. He is getting better grades in school and is now participating in sports and activities in his Physical Education class. He is so much happier and more independent.””

“Conclusion: The case study demonstrates that chiropractic combined with neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic exercises may be effective in improving coordination, strength and balance due to a Traumatic Brain Injury.”

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What Is The Most Important Part Of Your Body?

Headaches And Migraines

We learn a lot about the Heart in grade school, but that’s not the most important part of your body!

It is actually your Brain and the Nerve System.

Your brain and nerve system controls and coordinates everything in your body.  It is the master control system in your body.  We have a skull to protect it, as well as a spine to protect its nerves which are similar to ‘Wires’.  These nerves have direct and indirect connection to the heart, digestive system, immune system, and the skeleton.

The most important part of your body is your Brain and Nerve System. 

The importance regarding your brain is easy to see in your own life and those around you. But if you want to see what scientists are discovering regarding the brain, here is some very interesting research discussing how the brain controls the immune system!

The Sympathetic Nerve—An Integrative Interface between Two Supersystems: The Brain and the Immune System

NEUROVERTEBRAL INFLUENCE UPON THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM: SOME OF THE SOMATO-AUTONOMIC EVIDENCE TO DATE

That brain sure is important! How do you help it?

Beyond just not hitting your head, there is lots you can do to take care of your brain!

As a Chiropractor in Mississauga, I am constantly helping patients ‘connect’ to their brain in order to help control your body to it’s best ability, making life that much more enjoyable!  Below I have some strategies that I share with my Chiropractic patients. Enjoy! – Dr. Callum Peever

Grow your Brain! Learn to Juggle!

Brain Foods!

Bad Balance and Brain Decline

Nerve Interference

Chiropractic is the best way to help ensure that the situations your throw at your body, brain, and nerve system are not going to negatively affect your life.  So take care of the most important part of your body and get checked by your Chiropractor. You are worth it!

Contact us for help achieving the best for your brain and body!

Transcript from the YouTube video:

What is the Most Important Part of Your Body?

The Brain.

A lot of times because I am a chiropractor people will guess the spine. But because today is the talk about growing your brain, the brain is on the top of your mind and you are all guessing correctly.  The most important part of your body is your Brain.  The body even thought so and this is where I come to the white board which is going to be a little smaller here. The body thought the brain was so important that it completely enclosed it in bone. So you’ve got the brain, and in that brain, the skull surrounding it. Now that brain controls and coordinates everything that we do. Everything, those nerves go out to the feet, hands, heart and those nerves even go out to more curious things like the immune system, lungs kidneys and glands. Every aspect of that body, the brain has a direct connection to through the nerves. So there’s a nice picture of the brain. We all know it’s a curious organ in the head. We might live there or think there, who knows. Our soul might be there, who knows. But the brain does connect to every part of our body through those nerves. And you’ll see them extend. Here’s some other pictures here. You’ll see it extends all the way down to other parts of your body. Anatomically we have known this for a long time. It hasn’t been for too long that researchers started dissecting bodies. There are some pathways that the nerves take so that there all mapped out and how it gets from one part to the next and what part of the spinal cord has what part. Here’s another simple version showing how the brain connects out. And for kids I try and help them realize this because they don’t use wires anymore. I say it’s not wireless, the brain has direct connections from one part to the next. It’s more like the old computers with the cords. So less like the wireless devices.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Callum Peever,

Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Grow Your Brain – Video From Mississauga Health Class

Is your brain growing or shrinking?

Dr. Callum Peever presented to Goodness Me Mississauga on the topic of growing your brain – neuroplasticity.  He goes through practical ways that you can grow … or shrink your brain.  The video below is small part from the health talk which was titled: “Grow Your Brain”.  To learn more connect with Dr. Peever at the office!

Transcript from the Grow your Brain video:

Grow your brain.
How do you grow our brain?
How do we shrink our brain?
At the end of this talk you want to have some practical knowledge.
Is your brain growing or shrinking?

I remember learning in school when they were trying to scare us away from alcohol, if you had a glass of wine or beer you’d lose brain cells. You only had 1000 brain cells. And every time you had a drink you’d lose one. You had to start counting. That was the up to date science until about 5-10 years ago until they found out we could actually grow our brains.

Many of the brain studies on growing or shrinking is done having people learn how to juggle. Why? Hand eye coordination.
Do you think there were 20 year olds they did this on? No. They were in their 70’s and they taught them how to juggle. Do you think it was easy? No. It was hard so they taught them how to juggle. They measured their brains first with functional MRI’s. They taught them how to juggle and had them practice and checked them again at the end. And their brains grew. Not just in function, how it’s able to think but the actual size of the brain grew. Awesome. That’s the concept – Your brain can grow at any age!

To see this concept in action, check out this amazing and inspiring article of a 93 year old track star who took up track and field in her 70’s.  Her brain looked like a 60 year old’s brain! There is even suggestions at the end of the article on growing your brain! One of my favourite topics as a Chiropractor!

Who has heard of grey matter and white matter? Well get technical and anatomical. Which is the nerve pathways? Grey or white? White. The white parts of the brain if you ever looked at a picture of a brain that looks like this. I have it on the Ipad too. You can cut open the brain and look at the Ipad without an actual human body. It’s all computerized.
The white part is actually the pathways.
The grey part is the grey matter is actually the part where the processes happen.
Ok? So if you look at the functional MRI or the MRI pictures where you see all the colors, most of that would be happening in the grey matter. Then the signals would be transferring into different parts of the body through the white. It’s not necessary to know for this, it’s curious, it’s cool. Maybe you’ll look it up in a picture when your home. Google anatomy.

So knowing that we can grow our own brain, so is my brain growing or shrinking?
What can I do to actually grow my brain?
Someone in the crowd mentioned Ritalin, as something that will shrink it. He also mentioned Marijuana, another drug, so chemical things.

What are some other things that can shrink the brain?
Crowd members mention prescription drugs, inflammation, not enough fat, electrolytes, negative thinking, stress, stimulus, trauma, inactivity.
There are three general topics (Physical, Chemical, and Emotional things)

This is just overview. I want you to grasp the concept then apply it to your life so you’re not shrinking your brain.

What are the physical stressors in life that can impact the brain?
So we’ll start with the first one here, physical impact on the brain.

Trauma.
Who here has hit their head before? How long does it take to heal? A long time and sometimes you don’t recover unfortunately. Right? So if I’ve got my little man here (illustration from What is the most important part of your body?)

What’s the number one rule for your brain? If you’re trying to grow your brain and have a good long productive life? Don’t hit your head. Wear a helmet if you may hit your head or avoid it all together. So someone likes hockey back here. Helmet on the outside, don’t hit your head.

Your body tried to protect that brain. It completely enclosed it in bone. It only has one exit for the nerve to come out, the spinal cord to come out. Everywhere else is protected unless you hit your head. Ok so rule one don’t hit your head. So there’s one physical aspect. Let’s skip to the next. We’ll go one at a time.

What about the Chemical stressors that can impact your brain?
Someone mentioned prescription drugs. There is a purpose to prescription drugs. Usually your body has run into such a health problem that you run into prescription drugs? Unfortunately there’s side effects and a lot of them do impact the brain as well. I’m not an expert on prescription drugs, they can be good or bad. Ok, so yes they can impact the brain directly or indirectly too.

Someone mentioned marijuana. Sort of like a street drug type of thing. Brain altering, it will impact her brain as well. And lots of times people say that marijuana is natural. But so is poison ivy right? Poison ivy, that’s natural too and you don’t want to play around with things that are impacting your brain.

Now let’s get to the next one. Emotional things can impact your brain as well.
Someone did mention negative thinking. Stress and negative thinking. So when you are having negative thinking why would your brain shrink? Why?
We were saying that to you before. Your body is under stress all the time.
Realize that your brain is the adaptation machine for your body. It creates the adaption of your surroundings, your events. If you were in a negative event or if you were in a negative environment it reacts one way and if you were in a positive safe environment it reacts another way. They usually describe this as fight/flight and relaxation.

Have you heard of the words sympathetic and parasympathetic?
There’s two states, two general states that the nervous system or brain stays in.
One is parasympathetic and one is sympathetic.
Ok long words. One is when you are fighting and stressed (sympathetic) and the other is when you’re relaxed and healing (parasympathetic).

Your brain is able to perceive which one you’re in by depending on your surroundings. And they say humans are the only ones who can do this. Maybe animals can too but you can’t ask them. So we got sympathetic with an S and parasympathetic with a P. when you are stressed your body releases hormones.

The brain tells the body to release hormones which are good for that stress time but only in short bursts. They say it is designed or evolved or created to deal with a tiger. So if something jumps out of the bush and scares you, you react stressed and you fight it or you run. And then it’s a short burst thing.
But nowadays we don’t have tigers chasing us. We have tax, we have bills, we have family problems that build up over time.

So the stress doesn’t stay for a short time. It stays for a long time. Now when you’re in a stressed state and you have cortisol running through your body, and you have all that negative thinking on you, staying in this state is a bad thing for your body and your brain. Maybe I don’t know for sure but it may not get enough oxygen. I’m not sure on that one. But it definitely mainly impacts its ability to heal and grow. Cool eh?

-This is a transcript of a part of Dr. Callum Peever’s health talk in Mississauga on Grow Your Brain in 2015 at Goodness Me Mississauga.   He is a Chiropractor in Mississauga who works to help you live towards a longer, more comfortable, and active life.  He enjoys teaching and encouraging patients to apply health concepts to their lives.  To connect with Dr. Callum Peever contact Erin Mills Optimum Health.

 

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Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects your life and everything you do.  

Not only does it cause disability and greatly affect what you want to do with your life – it can even have a negative impact on your brain.

How does chronic pain affect the brain?

In a state of prolonged pain the brain has difficulty focusing, learning, and growing.

In this same state the brain will also be more irritable, frustrated, and angry.

This state will cause an inability to adapt to life’s events and continuously lead to a worsening state of health.

The amount of “negative” or “painful” information flooding the brain is referred to as nociceptive input.  Nociceptive input from the body through the nervous system puts the brain in a stressed state called a sympathetic state.  In a sympathetic or stressed state your body is not healing!  This is very bad in the long term for the body and the brain and has been shown to shrink the brain!

Here is a 2004 clinical study showing that Chronic pain shrinks the brain: The Brain in Chronic CRPS Pain: Abnormal Gray-White Matter Interactions in Emotional and Autonomic Regions

Chronic Pain = a Shrinking Brain

chronic pain and the brain example

Once you realize that this is happening it is imperative that all efforts are made to counteract the shrinking brain!  As a Chiropractor I work with countless people in chronic pain and help them work towards healing, function, and growing their brains.

Here is a PDF information article on prolonged pain and its impact on the brain.  Chronic Pain Affects the Brain PDF.

Can Chiropractic help with chronic pain?

Chiropractic care has so much to offer people suffering with chronic pain.

It directly addresses the mechanics of how the body moves with natural means, lessening the negative compounding impact of numbing drugs or chemicals (chemicals can also shrink the brain).

Also, when Chiropractic adjustments help to get the spine moving it sends positive feedback to the brain through the nerves, which competes with the negative pain the brain is so accustomed to.

The brain needs this positive input in order the grow, change, adapt, and heal.

Once you get the momentum moving in the proper direction away from ill-health, people are constantly amazed at how much sweeter life is.

If you know anyone that is suffering with pain, help them start making action steps towards better health with Chiropractic Now.  Their body and brain depend on it.

Here to help you work away from chronic pain and a shrinking brain,

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

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Learn to Juggle with Dr. Callum Peever – Neuroplasticity

Juggling and Neuroplasticity

Lately I have been teaching patients how to juggle.

Not only is it a fun way to pass some time and interact with new people, but it allows me a time to teach the patients about the importance of learning new complex tasks and brain development. Until recently it was believed that the brain was solid and unable to change. Fortunately for us, current research has shown that the brain does change even when we are older.

The brain is now described as being “plastic” or mouldable. The concept is referred to as neuroplasticity and has great implications for how we address our lives. Knowing that our brain is “plastic”, we have to do proactive things to help it grow and adapt in a healthy matter while protecting it from danger.

Some proactive things according to the mentioned studies include practicing hand eye coordination tasks like juggling and active living. They even see brain changes in people that are 70 years or older!

The Chiropractic connection is that Chiropractic is focused on the health of the brain and nervous system. So, as you spring into health, remember to do proactive things to grow your brain!

Get adjusted and learn how to juggle!

(Transcript from the video is below the articles to read)

 

More blogs to read if curious to grow your brain!

See a Headache! – MRI Videos of Spinal Fluid Flow that is impacted with Neck Postures

What Is The Most Important Part Of Your Body?

Articles on neuroplasticity, juggling, and brain growth to read if curious:

http://www.neurology.org/content/79/17/1802.short

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2770457/

http://www.dekampanje.org/NL/Artikelen/includes/el200409_zull.pdf

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/28/28/7031.full

 

Transcript from Grow your brain learn to juggle

Hi everyone, it’s Dr. Callum Peever from Erin Mills Optimal Health in Mississauga. We’re having a lot of discussions with patients lately about the concept of neuroplasticity or the brains ability to change.

Most people thought that the brain only adapted as a kid. It only grew when you were kids, but it does change and adapt when your older as well. Now the studies they’ve done here in the last 10-20 years have shown that when learning novel tasks the brain does make changes to it’s structure.

Plasticity or neuroplasticity and the ways they are testing this are teaching people how to juggle.  I’m going to teach you guys how to juggle and get off these Ipads and brain challenging apps. You’ve just got to learn some new tasks.

  1. Step 1, you can find these on the internet and elsewhere as well, is just throw that ball up to eye level and catch it. Try and do about 10 catches. I’m going to make this look easier now until I get to the part where I’m still learning as well. I’m trying to learn some new tasks.
  2. Step 2, get a second ball, throw it up and just catch it. Now your holding that one ball in your finger tips and catching it in the palm. Some people can do this other ways as well.
  3. Throw that ball up and catch it, up and catch.
  4. Once again do about 10 of these until you feel comfortable.
  5. You’re going to keep dropping them. Try and drop the balls on a bed so that you don’t have to keep chasing the balls around and bending down.
  6. Once you challenge that on both sides, up, catch, up catch. You’re going to introduce the 3rd ball. But just do the same step you were doing before where you just throw it up and catch it in your palm, up, catch it in your palm. Up catch it in your palm.
  7. Now the next and final step is where we start to cascade. So we’re going to throw one up and before we catch it we’re going to throw the second one up inside.

Here we go one, two catch and catch. One, two catch and catch. Now once you do about 10 of these without moving your feet.

Remember just stare and don’t stare at the balls. One, two your going to throw that third and your juggling. One, two, three and you’re juggling. One, two, three and then you just keep going.

The most important part of your body is your brain. So we’re going to keep challenging it and exercising it and doing it through good and healthy ways. Like learning new tasks, and not staring at computer screens.

Right now I’m trying the 4 so I’ll try the 4 so you’ll see someone learn a new skill.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health