Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to MS?

A recent study published in Neurology, reinforces the view that vitamin D deficiency may be a risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, which compared vitamin D levels in blood donated by pregnant women without MS, showed a twofold increase in MS risk among those considered vitamin D deficient compared with those who had adequate levels.While numerous previous studies have shown similar findings, this was the largest longitudinal investigation yet to directly assess whether vitamin D levels in healthy individuals predict their risk for MS.

"Previous studies had fewer than 20 MS cases, and here we had over 1000 women with MS, so it was a very large study," A Finnish Maternity Cohort, which comprises over 800,000 women who have provided a blood sample for routine prenatal testing, typically between 10 and 14 weeks' gestation. In 2004, Finland formally recommended that pregnant women take vitamin D supplements. On average, serum samples were collected 9.3 years before the MS diagnosis. Women in the study collectively had relatively high levels of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency. This may be because Finns, living in a northern hemisphere, historically have had low vitamin D levels. Also, the Finnish Maternity Cohort dates back to 1983, before many of the recommendations surrounding prenatal vitamins came into play.

Compared with women with adequate vitamin D levels, those with deficient levels had a 43% increased risk for MS. Compared with women with insufficient levels, those who were deficient had a 27% increased MS risk

A limitation of the study was that it could not adjust for other MS risk factors, such as smoking, body mass index. As well, the study included mostly white participants.

"Studies are indicating that it seems that the more vitamin D you can get, the lower your risk seems to go, but we haven't identified a threshold level yet."

"Collectively, 3 studies in adults now show an association between vitamin D levels and risk of developing MS years later; the risk appears to be greatest among those with levels in the deficient range. 

"Vitamin D supplementation is a simple intervention that would be highly cost-effective even if it prevents only a proportion of MS cases.” "Harm from such a strategy is unlikely; doses of up to 4,000 IU/day are safe for adults even in pregnancy, so they could be used through late adolescence and adulthood as such doses would be adequate to achieve vitamin D sufficiency in most individuals."It may also produce other benefits; supplementation during infancy has been shown to be associated with greater bone mass among girls aged seven to nine years. Canada as in Finland has long winters and as such, we are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency. It is important in winter months and during pregnancy to use a quality vitamin D supplement. 

For your convenience, at Family First Chiropractic we carry these and many other supplements.

 For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Family First Chiropractic and Wellness.

Dr. Stephen Kelly is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB 142 Erickson Dr.,www.family1stchiro.ca 403-347-3261 to book an appointment.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Who does CranioSacral benefit?

Who is CranioSacral Therapy for?
People may come for CranioSacral Therapy because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life’s challenges.
Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, CranioSacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into calmness.
CranioSacral Therapy supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy. The practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps them to release in a supported and comfortable way. During or after a session you may feel calm and energized, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well being.

CranioSacral Therapy and Children
I often hear from parents that they would like for their child to receive CranioSacral therapy but are not sure how that is possible.  Adaptability by the therapist is probably the most important thing when treating children.  There are many ways in which I adapt my techniques to effectively treat children. 
Most importantly the child needs to be comfortable.  Often that is in their parents arms or with them close by.  They can be lying down, in a chair or I have even spent half an hour following toddlers around the room.  Toys, books, etc, are also great distractions that can aid the practitioner in getting effective work done.  When working on children I often shorten the treatment to half an hour.  For most children that provides enough time to get an effective treatment and not to over stimulate the system.

Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta.  403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Pregnancy Pain? We can help!

Pregnant? In pain? Baby in the wrong position?We can help you!

Have you been told that you have told that pain is part of being pregnant?
Chiropractic spinal and pelvic adjustments will reduce or resolve pregnancy discomforts such as symphysis pubis pain (SPD), groin pain, back pain, hip pain, bursitis due to pregnancy, sciatica, pelvic girdle pain (PGP), mid back pain, carpal tunnel pain of pregnancy and heartburn.
Why be told that pain is part of pregnancy?
Chiropractic care can alleviate common pregnancy pain and decrease your labour time significantly.
Experienced prenatal chiropractic care aids with optimal fetal positioning by helping the pelvis and uterus to be symmetrical and balanced. Adjustments will help the baby to fit the pelvis to engage properly to help stimulate cervical ripening. Adjustments also make the pelvis more flexible so that pelvic joints move more easily in labor, the sacrum can become fixated and this can cause slowing or stalling in labor.

Dr. Jeanne Ohm sends this description of Chiropractic techniques for optimal fetal positioning and easier birthing: A chiropractic adjustment called the Webster technique is a specific sacral adjustment to help facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment and nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, reduces torsion to the uterus. This may offer a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning. Originally used for breech presentations and then posterior presentations, current research is revealing the benefits of receiving the Webster technique throughout pregnancy for the prevention of dystocia. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers chiropractors advanced classes on care in pregnancy, including the Webster technique. Providers certified in this technique are listed on the ICPA website here: www.icpa4kids.org.
Dr. Carol Phillips, DC, recommends addressing the skeletal system through adjustments, but equally addressing the fascia (with myofascial release) and the cranial rhythm (with gentle craniosacral therapy). ‘ Taken from spinningbabies website www.spinningbabies.com

‘The Gardner Bagnell Technique for Breech Presentation was designed with the breech baby in mind, but has also been used very effectively for transverse, oblique and posterior presentations as well. It is a chiropractic technique that focuses on the alignment of the spine and pelvis of the mother to be.Most recently,  a very specific order of adjusting has been uncovered that has catapulted the success rate even higher.  When this precise order or adjusting is followed, the results are unbelievable.  This technique focuses on subluxation removal, alignment of the pelvis and releasing ligamentous spasms. However, it is unlike the other techniques that are currently being taught. This technique has a different primary focus and protocol than the other techniques. ‘ Taken from Pregnancy chiropractic  www.pregnancychiropractic.com

Dr. Joelle Johnson has been certified in the Webster techniques since 1999 and is a longtime member of the ICPA. She was certified in the Gardner Technique in 2009. Dr. Johnson  has a focused practice on prenatal, postnatal and pediatric care at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer. T4R 2C3

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