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Heart Rate Variability as an Objective Outcome Measure for Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care for Athletes

  I have been enjoying running lately using strava and tracking my runs and efforts with my Suunto watch.  I love watching the measures I generate through the runs, and gravitate to the performance level and recovery time.  These measures are calculated using heart rate variability along with speeds, distances, and times.  Heart rate variability is actually a measure of your autonomic nervous system. As a Chiropractor, I love everything related to the nervous system (as a Chiropractor's main goal is to remove interference to the nervous system by contacting the spine!) which is why I get so excited being able to apply these measures in such a practical way.  This article caught my attention because it highlights the Chiropractic desire to help patients be better through positively impacting the nervous system.  The article is just a way to grow curiosity for the research community, which I hope it does for you too! Below are excerpts and my comments from a 2018 commentary by Matthew Hartenburg, D.C. regarding heart rate variability as an outcome measure for chiropractic care of athletes.  A link to the article can be found below.

Heart Rate Variability as an Objective Outcome Measure for Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care for Athletes. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ May 17, 2018 ~ Pages 89-94 Matthew Hartenburg, D.C.

"The chiropractic profession has a long history of working with athletes in professional and non-professional sports. In the 1920’s, members of the New York Yankees were documented to have been under the care of a chiropractor. In 1980 the United States had its first D.C. appointed to its Olympic team. More recently, in the 2014-2015 season it was documented that all 32 teams in the NFL utilize chiropractic and 27 out of 30 Major League Baseball franchises have an official team Chiropractor.1"
Chiropractors can be a secret weapon in helping an athlete recover, train, and perform at their best.  They are becoming less and less of a secret however!  The author does comment on how there is no direct evidence to connect subluxation to athletic performance.  He does however point to how there is evidence to investigate further on the research community's end.
"The traditional role of chiropractic in sports has primarily been an alternative form of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and injury prevention.1,2 This commentary will explore the hypothesis that subluxation centered chiropractic can have an effect on the function of the autonomic nervous system thus assisting in the athlete’s recovery during periodized training cycles or a competitive season."
There are many forms of how to apply Chiropractic.  You can think of it as their being many different fighting arts (karate, kung fu, etc.).  All are forms of fighting but they can look and feel different as well as have different purposes.  Subluxation centered chiropractic care aims to remove interference on the nervous system, which is what the author is referring to.  I would argue that it is the traditional and purest form of Chiropractic when going back to the creation of the profession in 1895.   The hypothesis that chiropractic care can impact the autonomic function in a positive way for athletes is what this author is highlighting in order to encourage further discussion and research and use in this application of Chiropractic.   While the researches are curious about how you are getting faster and stronger while no overtraining, don't stop what is helping!  Chiropractic could be one of those things for you!
"Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand and Performance""Overload and Overtraining: Failure to adapt""Hans Selye’s General adaptation response or general adaptation syndrome (G.A.S).3,7"
The author summarizes aspects of the above exercise physiological principles regarding training and overtraining but comments on how his main attempt is "to elucidate the role of the autonomic nervous system to recovery and performance and it’s relevance to chiropractors."
"If the athlete has been overloaded during the training period and has not allowed for adequate recovery they may find themselves in the exhaustion phase which may ultimately result in overtraining syndrome (OTS)." "They further state that “successful training must involve overload but also must avoid the combination of excessive overload with inadequate recovery.”8 Improving sports performance is necessarily the proper balance of training and recovery." "Assessing Recovery Status and Autonomic Function The advances in understanding of the nervous system’s role in training and recovery has led to an increase in demand for means to objectively assess the athlete’s physiological state. To date, it appears that heart rate variability (HRV) is the most accessible minimally invasive means available for evaluating an athlete’s response to training. HRV is a strong indicator of physiological changes in response to training programs, prescribing exercise intensity on an individualized basis, and has been utilized to assess overtraining which is often times predominated by sympathetic activity.15" "Heart Rate Variability and Chiropractic Several authors have begun to make a case for assessing the stress response and utilizing heart rate variability as objective outcome measures to chiropractic care. Hardy and Pollard stated that sufficient evidence exists to consider stress, and its mechanism, in the generation of non musculoskeletal disorders which Chiropractors have seen in practice. Despite the fact that little investigation has been done by the chiropractic profession to study the mechanisms, substantial framework exists for such a model.20 a substantial body of evidence exists which rationalizes investigating effects related to the autonomic stress response in athletes as well."
The author does list 5 research papers doing this, we always want to see more!
"Discussion Improvements in sports performance are a result of proper periodized overload training balanced with adequate recovery. Current popular interest in the fitness community as well as contemporary exercise science is becoming increasingly geared towards understanding the role of the central and autonomic nervous system in recovery and performance."
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Sports Chiropractor

Sports Chiropractor

My patients in Mississauga often comment to me that I am their sports Chiropractor.  These are some of their reasons and my take on how a Chiropractor can help a person in the sports world:

Patients say that they use sports chiropractors to help recover from sport injuries

Chiropractic is excellent at helping a patient recover well and heal from a sports injury.  Making sure your body is properly aligned from the ankle all the way to the skull will put your body in the best shape to heal.

Patients greatly appreciate Sports Chiropractic in training and preparing for tournaments, competitions, or races.

Chiropractic can greatly help a competitor become in tune with their body’s needs through the demands of training and competing.  Often times the Chiropractor can highlight which areas are having difficulty and need to be rested or addressed properly in training in order to avoid sports injuries!  Having your spine and nerve system at optimum health through Chiropractic can also help the competitor gain the competitive edge on race day! Taking the body’s performance from 95 to 100%.

Patients appreciate advice from Sports Chiropractors on their training as well!

Dr. Callum Peever and Dr. Ken Peever have been competing in many sports throughout their lives.  They have also helped countless athletes train, compete, and recover.  Because of this, these “Sports Chiropractors” have lots of advice to help you reach your optimum health.  Sometimes the advice is to push harder, sometimes to avoid overtraining, and sometimes to look into new avenues of sports health and performance too!

As a Chiropractor in Mississauga, I am very happy to help many people achieve their goals.  It is especially exciting to help athletes train towards a goal and to accomplish amazing athletic feats!  If you need a “Sports Chiropractor” in Mississauga, contact us!


Dr. Callum Peever

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Racing and Feeling Great

Racing and Feeling Great

I love to run. But running can be challenging on the body and can lead to stubborn injuries that won’t disappear.  In the past, my running speeds were always determined by old injuries.  Whether a knee or a foot or a back.  This makes it frustrating to race as you always feel that you weren’t able to compete at your best.

Fortunately, I have a great team of health professionals in Mississauga that were able to help me race injury free!  The limiting factor in my most recent race, the Sulphur Springs Trail race, was my fuel and not a knee, foot, or my back!  Thank you to all those that helped me lead up to this race:

Our foot specialist Kiran helped me recover from a foot injury from a previous race in April.
Our Massage therapist Sandra helped me keep my ITB (IT band) moving well.
Our Naturopaths Kirsten and Tiffany helped me with my recovery times!
My Chiropractors kept my spine and nerves on point and recovering quickly!
And my family, for allowing me to run during nap time!

At this trail race in Ancaster, there were people running this 20 Km loop 4 times, 8 times, and 16 times!  The amount of effort that this required is incredible and it was impressive to run on the course with them.  As you can imagine, healing time is incredibly important for the training and racing for these competitors.

If you are competing or racing in Mississauga and need a team of health professionals to compete at your best, we are here to help!

Looking forward to the next race,

Dr. Callum Peever

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Sideline Running Injuries With Chiropractic

Running Injuries

Runners have the tendency to allow their running injuries to build up over time until they become serious and take them out of the sport. Sideline running injuries with sports Chiropractic care. When we adjust patients mechanics throughout their training we can keep them reaching towards their running goals. Regular Chiropractic adjustments to the spine and nerve system allows the body to recover quicker as well, naturally.

Your body has an amazing ability to adapt which a runner can identify with being able to run further and faster over time. In order to accomplish this the body needs repetition, perseverance, and time to change and to meet your running demands and goals. If your body running mechanics are off even slightly, the compounding impact will start to take shape as the miles are added up. These mechanical faults may not be noticed when not running, but when looking for performance from your body over many miles they will start to impact you.  The impact on your running can be in speed, distance, efficiency, or injury.


Subluxations in the spine, nerve system, and pelvis are common hindering factors to running injuries and performance. Chiropractors are specially trained to identify and adjust subluxations in your spine and nerve system. All too often, a person’s running goals will be put aside due to injury. Being sidelined because of injury could have been avoided if they had just addressed subluxations in their spine and nerve system throughout their training.

Sacroiliac Joints

A common subluxation which impacts runners is in the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis. These joints connect the sacrum with the ilium and make up the pelvis. There is only a few degrees of motion at these joints, but if that small amount of movement is lost, restricted, or subluxated – running and healing performance is greatly decreased. Fortunately, Chiropractors are experts at treating this common running problem and can even identify it before a runner is forced to stop running because of pain.

Shin Splints

Shin splints are characterized by pain along the front / side of the lower leg and are usually developed through pushing your legs beyond what they are ready for with improper biomechanics in poor shoes. We talked about the body having an amazing ability to adapt earlier. If you push your body beyond what it is capable, it will stop you dead in your tracks with an injury like shin splints. This injury will sideline you as it becomes increasingly painful. Address this running injury prior to it occurring by:

  • Working with a Chiropractor on the biomechanics of your spine, pelvis, legs, and feet.
  • Get proper running shoes for the running you are doing.
  • Work with a foot specialist like a Chiropodist to get orthotics specially made to support your foot mechanics.
  • Stretch your lower leg muscles when you are warmed up


Osteoarthritis is essentially wear and tear throughout time on your joints. This can happen to any joint in the body. With runners we tend to see this occur through the knees and hips. Just because you are a runner does not mean you will get osteoarthritis. Actually, running can help minimize your chance of getting osteoarthritis. It is my opinion that there are many factors that will contribute to potentially running into osteoarthritis. These include:

  • major injuries to the joint
  • improper body mechanics or biomechanics
  • not appreciating the time needed to heal through an injury
  • not appreciating the time needed to recover from training
  • and diet.

If you are a runner, you must appreciate your body and address the above points if you want to run long into your life.  Nothing can be done to change an injury in the past that has happened to your joints. But through Chiropractic care an incredible amount of good can be done to improve and address your biomechanics and running mechanics.  Some of these things include:

  • regular Chiropractic check ups and adjustments to address the mechanical and neurological faults in your spine, pelvis, and legs (subluxations)
  • one legged squats to fine tune your muscle control focusing on your foot, knee, and hip. These can be done in many different ways. For my chiropractic patients I teach them to make this a habit throughout their daily routines so that they are always improving their running mechanics. These can be done statically where no one would even notice you were practicing them if they saw you. But they can also be done with more intensity through jumping and landing on one leg to bending lower on the one leg. Remember that the focus is more on the mechanics of the movement than it is on the strength.
  • Lunges also can help you practice your running mechanics. Remember to focus on the direction the knee is moving but to impact it you will need to address your foot and hip positioning.
  • proper footwear with the help of a chiropodist to address and mechanical concerns through your foot, knee, hip, spine mechanics. This may include orthotics or maybe you just need a new pair of shoes. Remember that shoes do wear out! It is easier to replace them than your joints!

An important thing to know is that osteoarthritis impacts people differently and can affect you differently daily as well. Once you are aware that you have osteoarthritis, you must realize that just because there is no pain, does not mean that the problem is gone. Pain is an indicator to take action on your health, but is not the only indicator. By addressing your joint health through chiropractic care you can get the most out of your body well into the future. Proper maintenance will extend the life of your joints and allow you to accomplish more with your body.

Make Us Your Running Partners!

Your Chiropractor may not be able to run alongside you every mile, but that doesn’t mean the two of you can’t still be team!

Call our office today to schedule a full physical and learn how Chiropractic care can keep your body running at peak performance while avoiding being sidelined from your running injuries.

Dr. Callum Peever

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Technological Life

New Technology Creates New Illnesses

New Technology Creates New Illnesses

Have you ever heard of BlackBerry Thumb? What about Cell Phone Elbow? Acute Wii-itis? They are new health problems related to new technology – and the tendency of humans to get carried away playing with their new toys.

Any time we engage in repetitive activities, there is the danger of wear and tear on the body. Muscles, nerves and other soft tissues are organized in multiple layers under the skin. When nerves fire and muscles contract, movement occurs. But where there is movement, there is the potential for friction. Too much friction can increase the possibility of damage, inflammation and dysfunction.

People who like to play video games for extended periods of time are not typically the ones with athletic builds. And they do not usually possess the most optimal combination of strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.

However, the advent of these new motion-sensitive controllers encourages armchair athletes playing the sports. Given the number of individuals participating in these virtual sport games, it is not surprising your Chiropractor sees an increasing number of acute injuries like Wii-itis.

Thankfully, Chiropractors are well-trained to deal with almost any musculoskeletal disorders that result from cell phone, texting or video game usage.  Chiropractic adjustments are very effective at treating conditions of the spine and the extremities.

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