at 541 Queen St. S., Kitchener, N2G 1W9 Canada
Dr. Christopher offers Low Force Tonal Chiropractic as one of his services. Orthotics are also available at our location.
About Dr. Paul Christopher, B. Sc. (Hon.) M.A. (Phys. Ed.) D.C. Dr. Christopher has been constantly learning new techniques and training to expand the range of his chiropractic care techniques. Since, 1997 he has practiced a Low Force Tonal Chiropractic technique known as Torque Release® and have studied this specialized technique in Colorado, Las Vegas and Toronto. Over the last 18 years he has been constantly involved in teaching this low force technique to my colleagues and has been attending ongoing training over the past several years. Tonal Chiropractic involves the use of a percussion instrument and is very safe to use on the geriatric, pregnant and pediatric patients. This is one of the only Chiropractic Techniques that has been created out of a randomized clinical trial. (1-3) the technique has evolved to Talsky Tonal Chiropractic (2005), this refinement better targets the body's on going needs to adapt to it's every day environment. We are exposed to an ever increasing abundance of toxins in our foods, water and especially in our air and environmental materials. Worst of all, the cumulative time demands, work demands, money demands, relationship demands, etc. are excessively unrelenting. All these things together cause new spinal subluxation at least weekly. In his office your chiropractic care is important and he will discuss with you the most appropriate healing strategies. Over the 22 years of his practice he has received many referrals from various chiropractic doctors, massage therapists and physiotherapists in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge area. He also enjoys a great relationship with the family doctors and other health practitioners in Kitchener-Waterloo and Southern Ontario. He continues to keep them appraised and aware of their patients' progress through their care. Dr. Christopher has been practicing general chiropractic care for almost two decades. During this time, he has seen the value of continually learning new techniques in order to provide his clients with the very newest that chiropractic care has to offer. One of the few chiropractors in our region to specialize in the Tonal Chiropractic technique, Dr. Christopher is excited to introduce it to his clients. He has seen and experienced its benefits first hand.
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Why Chiropractic? Why Chiro_webAsking ‘Why Chiropractic?’ These top ten reason will tell you why…. 10. Chiropractic Alleviates Pain – Chiropractors address the underlying cause of pain disorders, headaches, low back pain and sports injuries by treating the cause, not covering the symptoms. Quite often, those painful conditions are linked to dysfunctional areas in the spine known as vertebral subluxations – where movement is restricted or spinal bones are misaligned. Chiropractors adjust vertebral subluxations and this often alleviates the pain. 9. Chiropractic Prevents Other Conditions – Disorders that may be helped by chiropractic range from infantile colic, ear infections and behavioral problems to PMS, high blood pressure and Parkinson’s disease. It is well understood that vertebral subluxations affect nervous system functioning. Along with the brain, the spinal cord is the main component of the central nervous system, which controls nervous system functioning throughout the body and supplies nerve energy for all the body structures and organs. Many patients who present to chiropractors for treatment report positive changes in other areas of their health as well. 8. Chiropractic Boosts Productivity – Since chiropractic care keeps you healthier, you will also find that your efficiency at work increases, as well. For example, chiropractic care rids Low Back Pain associated with sitting hour after hour in ergonomically incorrect chairs. “Sitting causes the pelvis to rotate backwards and causes a reduction in the lumbar lordosis, chunk-phi angle, and knee angle” notes researchers. Treatment also causes “an increase in muscle effort and disk pressure” (*JMPT 1999; 22:594-609). In relating, LBP can lead to work absence and higher medical costs: the focus of a study published earlier this year. In a review of 250 employees receiving workers compensation for low back pain– 72 of whom had no physically therapeutic care — patients receiving spinal adjustments experienced greater reductions in pain and disability. This translated into lower therapeutic costs and a faster return to work (*Spine Journal 2006; 6:289-295). Chiropractic care effectively restores proper spinal alignment and reduces LBP. Missing appointments however, may foster a “one step forward, two step back” scenario. 7. Chiropractic Improves Cognitive Function – Mapping of brain activity before and after chiropractic adjustments of the spine and the neck reveals that chiropractic care stimulates cognitive function. In a study involving 500 adult volunteers, researchers used cutting edge technology to create maps of functioning in the cortical portions of the brain before and after chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine. Researchers found that “cervical adjustments activate specific neurological pathways” in the brain, potentially stimulating cognitive function (*JMPT 1997;20:529). Chiropractic adjustments also enhance response mechanisms in the brain, according to researchers in New Zealand who conducted a study involving 30 volunteers, all with evidence of cervical spinal joint dysfunction. Instead of cortical mapping the researchers used reaction time to various stimulation as a gauge. “Multiple sites of cervical spinal joint dysfunction were related to impaired cortical processing,” noted the researchers. This was demonstrated by “significantly less accurate response selection and a trend toward more variable performance of an anticipated response.” (*JMPT 2005;28:502-7). After chiropractic adjustments, the volunteers demonstrated improved cortical processing and response selection. 6. Chiropractic Boosts Immunity – Scientific research reveals that regularly scheduled chiropractic care may boost the body’s immune response. And a powerful immune system is a key component of chiropractics all-natural approach. One study involved 11 patients over a nine-month period. The pilot study provided preliminary information regarding chiropractic care and possible links to improved immune status. Chiropractic care also boosted other aspects of health and quality of life – as mentioned above (*JVSR 2006 1-6). Another study in 1991 even found that chiropractic adjustments boost levels of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes — white blood cells associated with a healthy immune system (*JMPT 1991; 7:399-408). 5. Chiropractic Reduces Stress – Chiropractic care reduces stress by allowing the body to achieve a balance. In addition, chiropractic helps keep patients free of the impairments to regular exercise, which is key to reducing stress and preventing stress-related anxiety and depression. And, while chiropractors do not treat depression, preliminary research demonstrates that chiropractic adjustments may ease depressive symptoms by increasing endorphins. “It has been long speculated that chiropractic interventions may affect mental health problems,” note researchers. Investigators followed 15 adults who were both clinically depressed and had cervical spine subluxations. Before and after receiving an adjustment, the subjects completed a standard assessment for depression called the Beck Depression Inventory II. Results revealed a marked reduction in depression scores following treatment (*JVSR 2005:1-4) 4. Chiropractic Care Encourages Increased Physical Activity – New patients frequently find that chiropractic care jump starts them toward a more wellness oriented lifestyle, simply because they can move more and with less pain. For instance, many chiropractic patients report improved function and with that, an increased ability to stick to a regular exercise program. 3. Chiropractic Reduces Dependency on Medications – Individuals who maintain regular chiropractic care are far less likely to over use medication, which all have dangerous side effects. Even OTC pain medication may cause problems in the gastrointestinal system. In addition, long-term use of pain medication can actually worsen the very symptoms they were intended to reduce – a “rebound’ reaction. “Rebound” headaches are relatively new, and describe a long standing, “unnamed” and largely unrecognized condition caused by taking painkillers — daily or on a regular basis — from migraines or other headaches. Remember, these conditions are common, they are NOT normal! 2. Chiropractic Improves Sleep Quality – Chiropractic patients often enjoy improved quality of life, including sleep quality. This is due to a reduction in pain and anxiety which often interferes with sleep patterns. Improved sleep enhances immunity and your ability to fight disease. Some exciting preliminary research links insomnia with vertebral subluxations. The study collected data on 221 patients being cared for by 15 different chiropractors. According to the findings, “one third of the 154 patients who completed the semi structured interview reported their findings immediately after their chiropractic adjustment. All but one of these 52 patients reported improvement” in the 20 patients with insomnia, improved sleep was noted in the six days following the chiropractic adjustment. ”However, no consistent trends were noted in the days and weeks following care, so additional research is necessary before a firm link may be established” (*JMPT 2005;28:179). 1. Chiropractic Adds Life and Improves Wellness – Regular chiropractic care instills patients with sense of “health-confidence”. Patients learn to take charge of their own well-being, and in turn, increase their longevity and add a heightened quality-of-life. So, the question isn’t, “Do you see a chiropractor?”, but…“Who’s YOUR chiropractor?” If you’re looking for reasons NOT to visit a chiropractor, here are eight of them! 1. You don’t have a spine. If you’re born sans spine, there’s really no need to worry about spinal degeneration, is there? 2. If you can’t see it, it must be fine. Skin, eyes, hair, teeth… These front-facing body parts are important because other people can see them. If a healthy spine was really that important, it wouldn’t be in the back. 3. You love taking medication. Taking risks makes life more enjoyable! Dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, constipation, seizures, cancer, death… What’s not to like about side effects? 4. Your insurance doesn’t pay for it. Money is for important stuff like Netflix, cigarettes, and gambling. If your insurance plan doesn’t cover it, maybe chiropractic care just isn’t necessary? 5. They don’t prescribe drugs. Why would you want to go to a doctor who doesn’t think you need another prescription? (See #3.) 6. They think lifestyle “stress” can make you sick. Apparently they’re not aware of bad genes. Everybody knows you only get sick because certain diseases just run in the family. 7. They expect you to do stuff at home. They want you to make time for rest, exercise, and stretching. On top of that, they think you should change your diet. Evidently they don’t understand how busy you are… 9. Besides, you’re impervious to mistakes. You eat just fine, and there’s nothing wrong with the way you’re living. Even if your “habits” are making you gain weight and age prematurely, that’s none of the doctor’s business! Their job is to get you out of pain so you can get back to doing the things that brought you there in the first place.
There are some very interesting articles out there regarding managing ADHD with chiropractic care. A healthy, properly functioning nervous systems allows children to stay on task and focus.
12 Ways To Stop Back Pain At Work 1. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP Focus on aligning your head and neck right above your shoulders; avoid straining forward. 2. MOVE YOUR MOUSE CLOSE Ideally, it should be placed right next to your keyboard so you don't overreach or twist your shoulder, arm, or wrist when clicking. 3. BE CHOOSY WITH OUR CHAIR Pick one that allows your lower back to rest against a lumbar support. Then tilt the back of the chair so it's very slightly reclined. 4. BREATHE FROM YOUR BELLY On each inhale, think about drawing your navel toward your spine; that engages the core muscles and supports the upper body. 5. SIT WITHIN REACH Your torso should be about an arm's length from the monitor, which should be 2 to 3 inches above eye level. 6. PLANT YOUR FEET Keep them flat on the floor and shoulder-width apart to quiet the tension in our knees and ankles 7. TAKE BREAKS Getting up at least once an hour-to go to the bathroom or just do some shoulder rolls-reduces pressure on spinal disks and boosts circulation. Payoff; you'll be more limber and less stressed. 8. FIND THE RIGHT ANGLE Position your knees at 90 degrees, directly over your ankles; this will keep your spine comfortably upright/. 9. STRETCH YOUR SHOULDERS Roll them back and down, and square them over your hips. Imagine that you are balancing a plate on your head, and you don't want it to fall off. 10. QUIT SQUINTING AND STRAINING This is especially common when you use a laptop as your primary computer-you need to lean forward to reach keys or see the screen. One way to solve the problem: attach a separate monitor and keyboard. 11. DON'T CROSS YOUR LEGS Sitting cross-legged makes it difficult to keep your spine straight and shoulders squared, and you risk overstretching the musckes around the pelvis, upping your risk of varicose veins by interrupting blood flow. So uncross and relax. 12. NO MORE PHONE CRADLING Pinning the phone between your shoulder and ear while you multitask is an instinctive move-and it's murder on your neck. Use a headset or speakerphone for any conversation that lasts more than five minutes.
Most of us will have our fair share of shoveling this season. It is hard work and easy to injure yourself. Follows these steps to help avoid strain and injury. 1. Get your body ready: Stretch for five minutes and walk outside for 5-10 minutes before you start shoveling. 2. Drink up: Drink plenty of water so that you're well hydrated. Don't drink caffeine or alcohol or use nicotine products immediately before shoveling. 3. Shovel early and often: Newly fallen snow is lighter than heavily packed or partially melted snow. And starting out early allows you extra time to take frequent breaks. 4. Take your time: Never remove deep snow all at once. Shovel a layer that's an inch or two thick and then take off another inch or two. 5. Pick the right shovel: A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body. 6. Protect your back with good shoveling technique: Stand with your feet about hip-width apart for balance, and keep the shovel close to your body. Bend from the knees, not the back, and tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow. Avoid twisting movements. If you need to move the snow to one side, reposition your body so your feet face the direction the snow will be going. Always throw the snow in front of you, not over your shoulder. 7. Listen to your body: If you experience any shortness of breath, dizziness, or chest discomfort, stop immediately and seek medical care.
Low Back Pain? There's an App. for that! http://www.canadianchiropractor.ca/news/spinal-health-care-theres-an-app-for-that-2969
A new study suggests that looking down at a cell phone is the equivalent of placing a 60-pound weight on one's neck.
Why Tonal Chiropractic Technique? Rather than moving bones with significant amounts of force, Dr. Christopher makes the required adjustment through gentle hand touch and/or the light thrust of a hand-held torque instrument. This process teaches and empowers the body to make its own corrections with ongoing care. "Our goal is to help you get well and have a fuller and healthier quality of life through chiropractic care." *References: (1) Morskey. C.S. and Todres-Morsley (Eds) M. (2001) Somatovisceral Aspects of Chiropractic: An Evidence Based Approach. Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia, PA (2) Davies, N.J. (Ed) (2000). Chiropractic Pediatric: A Clinical Handbook, Churchill Livingstone, London, UK.(3) "Blum, Ken; Braverman, Eric, Holder, Jay, et al; Reward Deficiency Syndrome: A Biogenetic Model, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Nov. 2000. Vol.32