“X-rays: When Are They Necessary for Chiropractic Care?”

As a chiropractor, I understand the importance of using natural and holistic methods to promote overall health and wellness. This includes avoiding unnecessary medical procedures, such as x-rays. While x-rays can be helpful in certain situations, they are not always needed and should not be used as a routine practice. In fact, many doctors x-ray every patient, which is not necessary. In this blog post, I will discuss when x-rays may be necessary for chiropractic care, and how you can determine if they are needed for your specific situation.

Understanding When X-rays May Be Necessary

The majority of chiropractic patients will not need x-rays. However, there are certain circumstances in which they may be necessary. These include:

– Severe pain after trauma: If you have been involved in a car accident or experienced a significant injury, x-rays may be necessary to assess the extent of damage to your spine or joints.
– Lack of response to treatment: If you have been receiving chiropractic care for a specific issue, but are not seeing improvements, x-rays may be needed to identify any underlying issues that may be hindering your progress.
– Suspected scoliosis: If you or your child have symptoms of scoliosis, such as uneven shoulders or hips, x-rays may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis and guide treatment.
– Unusual symptoms: If you are experiencing uncommon symptoms, such as numbness or tingling, x-rays may be needed to rule out any serious conditions.

The Importance of Informed Decision Making

While x-rays can be helpful in certain situations, they also come with potential risks, such as exposure to radiation. Therefore, it is important to make an informed decision before undergoing any x-ray procedures. As a chiropractor, I always discuss the potential benefits and risks with my patients before recommending x-rays. This allows them to make an informed decision based on their individual needs and concerns.

Alternative Diagnostic Techniques

In some cases, x-rays may not be necessary at all. Chiropractors are trained to use a variety of diagnostic techniques, such as physical exams and medical history evaluations, to assess your condition and develop a treatment plan. These methods are non-invasive and do not involve exposure to radiation, making them a safer option.

Trust Your Chiropractor

As a professional chiropractor, I am committed to providing the best care for my patients. If I recommend x-rays, it is because I believe they are necessary for your specific situation. However, if you have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to discuss them with me. Your trust and comfort are important to me, and I am always happy to address any concerns you may have.

In conclusion, x-rays are not always needed for chiropractic care. They should only be used in specific circumstances where they can provide valuable information to guide treatment. As a chiropractor, I am dedicated to using natural and holistic methods to promote your overall health and wellness, and will always make informed decisions with your best interests in mind. Trust your chiropractor and make informed decisions about your health.

Four Factors to Consider When Choosing a Pillow

When selecting a pillow, there are a few key factors to keep in mind to ensure you get the best one for your needs.

1. Sleeping Position
Back Sleepers: Look for a medium thickness pillow that supports the natural curve of your neck.

Side Sleepers: Opt for a thick firm pillow to keep your neck and spine aligned.

Stomach Sleepers: Choose a soft, flat pillow to prevent strain on your neck.

2. Material
Memory Foam: Conforms to your shape and offers great support. Be sure to get firm memory foam that doesn’t soften too much from body heat, as if it does you will lose its support.

Down: Soft and mould-able, perfect for those who like a plush feel.

Micro-beads: Soft and Mould-able like down, but without the allergens.

Water Bag: These pillows come with a fill-able bladder so you can adjust the firmness and thickness of the pillow.

3. Allergies
If you suffer from allergies, consider hypoallergenic pillows to prevent any reactions during the night.

4. Spend What Is Necessary
Pillows come in a wide range of prices. Cheaper pillows don’t support you properly. Considering that you are going to spend hundreds of hours lying on your pillow be prepared to spend between $70.00 and $250.00 for a good pillow.

Signs You Need a New Pillow
It’s crucial to know when it’s time to replace your pillow to ensure you’re getting the best quality sleep possible. If you are waking up with neck or upper back pain, you probably need a new pillow. Most low-end pillows last one to two years. High-end pillows last up to five years.

Choosing the right pillow is crucial for a good night’s sleep and overall health. By considering factors like your sleeping position and material preferences, you can find the perfect pillow to suit your needs and ensure you wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

If you have more questions about the right pillow, and/or if you are still waking up with pain after getting a new pillow contact our office for an evaluation.

How to Choose the Perfect Shoes

Are you looking for a perfect pair of shoes? One of the most crucial factors to consider is choosing the right pair of shoes that not only provide comfort but also support your feet while wearing them. When looking for the ideal pair shoes, there are several essential factors to take into consideration.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Shoes:
Support: The foremost consideration when selecting shoes is support. In particular look for three things. 1. That when you try to press against the back of the shoe it is hard to press it down; 2. when you bend the shoe at the toe box, it bends where the toes bend and not in the middle of the shoe; 3. when you try to twist the shoe it is difficult to twist. An example of a poorly supportive shoe is the classic Converse shoe. A good shoe would be a high-end running shoe by New Balance.

Comfort: One consideration when selecting shoes is comfort. Your shoes should feel good from the moment you try them on, with enough room in the toe box and a snug fit around the heel.

Cushioning: Look for shoes with ample cushioning to absorb the impact of each step and reduce the strain on your joints.

Fit: It’s essential to ensure that your shoes fit correctly. Visit a store with knowledgeable staff who can help you find the perfect fit.

Breath-ability: Opt for shoes with breathable materials to keep your feet cool and dry, reducing the risk of blisters and discomfort.

Durability: Invest in quality shoes that are built to last, especially if you’re a regular runner or walker or will be on your feet in these shoes many hours a day.

If you aren’t sure if you have selected the right pair of shoes, feel free to stop by our office and we will do a free evaluation. If your shoes don’t support you enough and you are still getting foot, knee, hip or lower back pain consider a gait analysis by Dr. Robichaud. He will let you know if orthotics are needed. Feel free to contact us at 905-571-0821 or by email at info@docadrian.com.

Five Common Networking Mistakes

1. Failing to plan for an event. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. When getting ready for a networking event consider your goal(s), what type of business people you want to meet, how many and so on. Going in without a plan may result in a poor outcome. Consider what business people are likely to be able to help you and vice-versa.

2. Following up too aggressively. Networking is like building any relationship. If you follow up too aggressively by say emailing someone every day for a week after meeting them (to exaggerate) you will likely scare them away.

3. Failing to follow up. While you don’t want to be too aggressive, don’t forget to follow up. If you discussed meeting with someone, for example, follow up. People are busy and have multiple things to remember, so send the person a reminder email of your meeting and perhaps what you plan to discuss (like a mini-agenda). Your meeting is more likely to occur and be more productive.

4. Thinking only of yourself. This will come across in how you speak to someone and focusing only on yourself can lead to disappointment and unrealistic expectations of a networking relationship. I see this often when someone joins a networking group only to quit after a couple of months because they weren’t getting enough business quickly enough and fail to consider that the relationship is not just about what they get, but is also about what they give.

5. Thinking only of others. It’s great to be all out for others and seek to help and build others’ businesses, but don’t forget to consider that you are in business and need to consider your return on investment from any marketing initiative and networking is a marketing initiative. If you have given a networking relationship sufficient time and effort and it’s not working out, put that effort somewhere else. Your time, energy and money are finite.