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New Year Changes

posted by Drax @ 14:44 PM
December 16, 2013




As of January 6, 2014, Dr. McCallum’s Surrey Office will be in a new location.

Visit me at Surrey-Chiropractors-Clayton-Chiro (2)

Clayton Chiro Clinic

18835 – 68th Avenue

Clayton Heights, Surrey, BC


Surrey Hours:  Monday  9:00 – 6:00

Friday  9:00 – 5:00


Tuesday     9:00 – 6:00

Wednesday   9:00 – 6:00

Thursday   9:00 – 6:00

Saturday   9:00 – around noon or so (we go home early if possible, so best to phone)




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Time for a Check-up

posted by Drax @ 14:12 PM
December 5, 2013



This morning a patient came in who I haven’t seen for several years.  I was happy they came back to see me, but realized once again that the most challenging part of my job is educating people about how come everybody with a spine needs regular chiropractic adjustments, just like everybody with teeth needs a dentist.

So many people think that Chiropractic is just about back pain, and although it is unarguably the most effective and cost effective treatment for 80% of all back pain conditions, the benefits of regular adjustments go so much further.  Even with all the scientific back-up, people often don’t seek chiropractic first and instead see other practitioners for less effective care, delaying healing that can sometimes lead to permanent dysfunction – never mind using chiropractic for functional maintenance and prevention of chronic conditions.


Your spinal column carries your spinal cord which carries all the sensory and functional input of your body from your skin to your “innards” up to your brain so your brain know what to do with you!  Then, it carries the motor and functional output from your brain to every organ, cell and tissue to tell it how to react to the input.  It’s fast and incredibly elegant.

Anything that impairs spinal movement, whether it is joint stiffness, muscle tightness and imbalance or postural habits can impair nerve information movement through the spinal cord.

Movement is life, and Chiropractic keeps you moving.

Dr. Dorothea McCallum is located in Abbotsford at

Ventura Chiropractic

101-32920 Ventura Avenue

Abbotsford, B.C.


Dr. Dorothea McCallum is an Abbotsford back pain relief doctor who looks at so much more.  Your back is connected to every organ, cell and tissue in your body by the nervous system. Find out how chiropractic can help you live a longer, fuller life.


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Keep Telling Yourself, ‘This Workout Feels Good’

posted by Drax @ 16:32 PM
November 28, 2013

Keep Telling Yourself, ‘This Workout Feels Good’


The mind is an amazing thing and positive reinforcement really does work!  Read the article below (once again from the NYTimes) to see how you can get fitter and be better just by encouraging yourself.

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Gretchen Reynolds on the science of fitness.

Tell yourself during exercise that you’re not as tired as you think you are and you could make that statement true, a new study shows, reminding us that the body intertwines with the mind in ways that we are only starting to understand.

For the new experiment, which was published last month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and other institutions turned to a group of 24 healthy, physically active young men and women and asked if they would be willing to ride a bicycle to the point of limp exhaustion, repeatedly.

Physical fatigue is a surprisingly enigmatic condition. Scientists don’t fully understand how the body knows when it has had enough. Many of us might guess that activity ceases once our muscles have run out of fuel or fluids. But in studies with rodents, even after they are pushed to run until they drop, scientists have found reserves of fuel in the animals’ muscles. Physiologically, they remain capable of more exercise, although their bodies don’t seem to think so.

Such experiments have prompted some scientists recently to propose a different theory of exercise-related fatigue, in which the brain, rather than the muscles, initiates exhaustion after receiving and analyzing inputs from the body. An attractive element of this theory, often called the psychobiological model, is that it allows more wiggle room. If exhaustion is determined by the brain and is, to some degree, subjective, then theoretically the right tweaks during training could convince your brain that you can go farther or harder than it would otherwise allow.

That possibility motivated the new experiment, which was designed specifically to determine whether verbally encouraging yourself during a draining workout can affect your mind’s calculations and stave off fatigue.

To test that idea, the scientists first took a series of baseline physical measurements of their volunteers. Then, during a separate lab visit, the volunteers were asked to pedal a computerized stationary bicycle at about 80 percent of their predetermined maximum force until they felt that they could pedal no more and quit.

Throughout, the scientists measured each rider’s heart rate, pedaling power and pace. Having attached electrodes to the riders’ foreheads and cheeks, the researchers also monitored their facial muscular contractions — i.e., grimaces — an accepted physiological indicator of increasing physical exertion. And they asked the riders several times during and at the conclusion of the ride how hard the exercise had felt, on a scale of zero to 10.

Once each rider’s measurements had been recorded, they were randomly divided into two groups. One group was told to continue with their normal exercise routine for the next two weeks. Those in the other group were coached in “self-talk,” the kind of verbal banter that many athletes engage in during workouts, whether done aloud or silently.

For many of us, self-talk is haphazard and, if the banter turns berating, it can be demotivating. In this case, however, the chosen volunteers systematically learned how best to talk to themselves in an encouraging way. Provided with phrases that psychologists previously had found to be motivating, such as “You’re doing well,” the volunteers were asked also to jot down any expressions that they had used during exercise in the past. A popular choice was “feeling good.”

Each volunteer then chose four phrases that appealed to him or her, and was told to start repeating these frequently during subsequent, normal exercise sessions. The volunteers practiced this self-talk during exercise for the next two weeks.

Then each group returned to the lab and underwent another cycling test to exhaustion, during which the riders in the self-talk group studiously repeated their mantras; some aloud, some silently.

Afterward, it was obvious that self-talk had bolstered riders’ feelings and performance. The group that had talked to themselves had pedaled much longer before succumbing to exhaustion than in their first rides and reported that the pedaling had felt easier, even though, objectively, their heart rates and facial expressions had remained the same, indicating that the physical exertion had been just as great as in the initial ride.

The riders in the other group, meanwhile, generally repeated their performances from before, lasting about the same amount of time before quitting and feeling about the same degree of discomfort.

On one level, these findings indicate that “motivational self-talk improves endurance performance compared to not using it,” said Samuele Marcora, the director of exercise research at the University of Kent and senior author of the study.

But a deeper reading of the data, he continued, buttresses the idea that physical exhaustion develops, to a considerable degree, in your head. “If the point in time at which people stop exercising was determined solely biologically,” he said, self-talk would have no effect. But it did.

To be effective, though, self-talk probably has to be consistent and systematic, he said. Some of the riders in the control group muttered or silently exhorted themselves during the cycling — they weren’t told not to — but they tended to do this haphazardly, and without discernible benefit. Better, Dr. Marcora suggested, to deploy phrases that particularly encourage you and repeat them often, even on a schedule, especially as a workout or competition wears on. It is likely we all could stand to hear that, despite intimations to the contrary, we’re “feeling good.”

Dr. Dorothea McCallum

Ventura Chiropractic

101-32920 Ventura Avenue

Abbotsford, BC



If you’re looking for more than just spinal alignment, visit Dr. Dorothea and her colleagues at Ventura Chiropractic in Abbotsford.  We provide full chiropractic services from newborns to seniors, helping people achieve their healthiest potential.

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The Marathon Runner as Couch Potato

posted by Drax @ 9:09 AM
November 21, 2013
I know I have to stop doing this, but this was such a good article.  If you go back over the blog, you’ll see several posts I’ve writtin about how bad sitting is.  And here is the NYTimes agreeing with me!!    
We’ve made things so convenient for ourselves that we have this kind of oximoron, the Couch Potatoe who runs marathons.  Not that running marathons is that good for you, but it is usually associated with a much greater level of fitness than somebody whose hobby is watching television and eating cheetos.

The Marathon Runner as Couch Potato

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Phys Ed

Gretchen Reynolds on the science of fitness.

Someone can train for a marathon and simultaneously qualify as a couch potato, recent research shows, raising provocative questions about how sedentary most of us really are.

The amount of time that most of us spend sitting has increased substantially in recent decades, especially as computers and deskbound activities have come to dominate the workplace. According to one telling recent study, the average American sits for at least eight hours a day.

Such prolonged sedentariness may have health consequences, additional research shows. A study of almost 2,000 older adults published in August, for instance, found that those who spent the most hours seated every day had a greater risk of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, a poor cholesterol profile and body-wide inflammation than those who sat the least, no matter how much either group exercised (which, generally, was not much).

So, too, a stark numerical 2012 analysis of lifestyle, health and death statistics from a large group of Australian adults concluded that every hour that someone spent watching television — a widely accepted marker of sitting time — after the age of 25 reduced his or her life span by almost 22 minutes. More broadly, in this analysis, watching television for six hours or more per day shaved almost five years from a typical adult’s life span, compared with someone who did not watch TV. Life span was shortened even if someone met the standard medical recommendation of exercising moderately for 30 minutes or so on most days of the week.

But many highly active people, including those completing their preparations for Sunday’s upcoming New York City Marathon, probably feel immune from such concerns. After all, it seems reasonable enough to assume that multiple hours spent training must lessen the number of hours spent plopped in a chair.

Until recently, however, no studies had specifically examined whether people who are extremely active are, on the whole, also truly not sedentary.

So scientists affiliated with the School of Public Health at the University of Texas at Austin recently set out to fill that research gap. They began by contacting runners who had signed up for the local Austin marathon or half-marathon. More than 200 of the race entrants, male and female, agreed to participate.

The Texas researchers asked these volunteers to complete a questionnaire that precisely parsed how they spent their time each day. “We didn’t want to look only at certain measures” of sitting time, such as television viewing, said Geoffrey Whitfield, who devised the study as a doctoral student at the University of Texas.

Instead, the questionnaire asked about work, commuting, and telephone habits, as well as time spent watching television or playing computer games. It also asked the volunteers to enumerate how many hours they spent training each day and their anticipated race pace.

As expected, the runners, training as they were for a marathon or half-marathon, reported spending considerable time sweating. On average, they exercised vigorously for nearly seven hours per week, “which far exceeds the standard exercise recommendation,” said Dr. Whitfield, who is now an Epidemiological Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

But those hours of exercise do not seem to have reduced sedentary time. On an average workday, the runners reported sitting for more than 10 hours at the office and at home, easily topping the national average. (Almost all of the participants were employed; a few were students.) On non-workdays, the runners spent about eight hours inactive.

The researchers found no correlation between running pace or training volume and sedentary time; fast runners and slow runners both sat equally often, as did those who were putting in the most or the fewest hours each week training.

In effect, the data showed that “time spent exercising does not supplant time spent sitting,” said Harold Kohl, a professor of epidemiology and kinesiology at the University of Texas and senior author of the study. “It seems that people can be simultaneously very active and very sedentary.”

The study does not necessarily intimate, however, that being a marathon runner and couch potato is in any particular way harmful, Dr. Kohl pointed out. He and his colleagues did not measure the runners’ health, he said, only their lifestyle. “It is impossible to say” based on their data, whether heavy training would ameliorate any undesirable effects of sitting or whether such effects even would occur in the supremely fit.

Still, the findings are a cautionary reminder that many of us, including the most physically active, may be more sedentary than we imagine. “The fact is that exercise, even at very high doses, does not occupy much time in most people’s days,” said Dr. Whitfield, who himself used to train for triathlons. And while the science about the health impacts of prolonged sitting may still be incomplete, he said, “it’s pretty safe to say that it would a good idea for most of us to spend more of our time up and moving.”


I was at a conference a few weeks ago where getting older and moving was discussed.  The biggest problem people have as they age is a big decrease in movement and the ability to move.  Marathons and Triathalons are not for everybody, but even getting up and walking every day will lengthen your life.  It only has to be a 20 minute walk, but it will make a world of difference.

Chiropractic helps people get and stay mobile by normalizing and optimizing  joint function.  Since we are ALL aging, regular chiropractic care is always a good idea – starting when you’re little.




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What’s Your ‘Fitness Age’?

posted by Drax @ 10:42 AM
November 14, 2013

What’s Your ‘Fitness Age’?

Illustration by Ben Wiseman

This article appears in the Nov. 3, 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine.


I’m copying another article from the New York Times because it is a real eye opener!!  Follow the links to find your true fitness age.  You’ll want to do something concrete when you do.

One of the biggest barriers that people encounter when they try to get more fit is trouble moving.  That’s where Chiropractors come in. We are really good at helping people move better.  You’ll often see disclaimers for exercise and diet programs that say to consult your physician before starting the program – what it should say is consult your chiropractor!!

Let me know how you did.

Dr. Dorothea

Trying to quantify your aerobic fitness is a daunting task. It usually requires access to an exercise-physiology lab. But researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim have developed a remarkably low-tech means of precisely assessing aerobic fitness and estimating your “fitness age,” or how well your body functions physically, relative to how well it should work, given your age.

The researchers evaluated almost 5,000 Norwegians between the ages of 20 and 90, using mobile labs. They took about a dozen measurements, including height, body mass index, resting heart rate, HDL and total cholesterol levels. Each person also filled out a lengthy lifestyle questionnaire. Finally, each volunteer ran to the point of exhaustion on a treadmill to pinpoint his or her peak oxygen intake (VO2 max), or how well the body delivers oxygen to its cells. VO2 max has been shown in large-scale studies to closely correlate with significantly augmented life spans, even among the elderly or overweight. In other words, VO2 max can indicate fitness age.

In order to figure out how to estimate VO2 max without a treadmill, the scientists combed through the results to determine which of the data points were most useful. You might expect that the most taxing physical tests would yield the most reliable results. Instead, the researchers found that putting just five measurements — waist circumference; resting heart rate; frequency and intensity of exercise; age; and sex — into an algorithm allowed them to predict a person’s VO2 max with noteworthy accuracy, according to their study, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

The researchers used the data set to tabulate the typical, desirable VO2 max for a healthy person at every age from 20 to 90, creating specific parameters for fitness age. The concept is simple enough, explains Ulrik Wisloff, the director of the K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University and the senior author of the study. “A 70-year-old man or woman who has the peak oxygen uptake of a 20-year-old has a fitness age of 20,” he says. He has seen just this combination during his research.

The researchers have used all of this data to create an online calculatorthat allows people to determine their VO2 max without going to a lab. You’ll need your waist measurement and your resting heart rate. To determine it, sit quietly for 10 minutes and check your pulse; count for 30 seconds, double the number and you have your resting heart rate. Plug these numbers, along with your age, sex and frequency and intensity of exercise, into the calculator, and you’ll learn your fitness age.

The results can be sobering. A 50-year-old man, for instance, who exercises moderately a few times a week, sports a 36-inch waist and a resting heart rate of 75 — not atypical values for healthy middle-aged men — will have a fitness age of 59. Thankfully, unwanted fitness years, unlike the chronological kind, can be erased, Dr. Wisloff says. Exercise more frequently or more intensely. Then replug your numbers and exult as your “age” declines. A youthful fitness age, Dr. Wisloff says, “is the single best predictor of current and future health.”

At McCallum Chiropractic we are always looking to enhance your health through easy, effective choices.  Choose Chiropractic.


Dr. Dorothea McCallum is located in Abbotsford at

Ventura Chiropractic

101-32920 Ventura Avenue

Abbotsford, B.C.



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What is a good exercise plan for a middle-aged person who is out of shape (assuming good health other than the lack of fitness)?

I copied this article from the NY Times, because it is a great piece of information for people who are looking at STARTING to get fit again.  It’s doable and sensible.  So have a good read and let me know what you think.

Dr. Dorothea

‘‘It’s a movable feast’’ in terms of workout options, says Dr. Michael Joyner, a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Pedal or swim if you have a bike or gym membership. But walking is, physiologically and logistically, the simplest exercise, Dr. Joyner says. Just put on comfortable sneakers — they don’t need to be new or expensive — and set off. Try to walk for half an hour.

‘‘Thirty minutes of moderately vigorous physical activity most days is really the sweet spot in terms of time versus benefit, from an epidemiological perspective,’’ Dr. Joyner says. ‘‘Moderately vigorous’’ means that your heart pumps at 50 to 70 percent of its maximum rate (which is, broadly, 220 minus your age for men, and slightly less for women) or, less exactly, a pace at which you can talk to a companion but you’re puffing too much to sing.

These 30 minutes do not need to be completed in one chunk, either. It is fine to break up the exercise during the day “into smaller bites,’’ Dr. Joyner says. And in fact, for certain groups of people, it’s probably more effective to do so. In one 2012 study, adults at high risk of developing hypertension improved their blood pressure more effectively if they walked for 10 minutes briskly three times a day than if they walked briskly once a day for half an hour.

‘‘Strength training is also a key,’’ Dr. Joyner says, ‘‘especially in late middle age. And it likely helps prevent frailty as we get older.’’ Many gyms have weight-training orientation classes.

Or just do push-ups and squats in your living room. Start with one push-up, if that’s all that you can do, and progress to 15 or 20.


So you see – it’s as easy as adding 10 minutes at a time of walking, or something else every day.  I was just at a Conference on Pediatrics and Geriatrics (I guess they wanted to cover the spectrum, but left the middle out!) where they cited studies that show that adding 30 minutes of exercise a day will decrease a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer by 80%!!  No matter the genetics!!  Other studies haven’t been done, but I bet it decreases your chances of getting any kind of cancer so we’ll wait to see what ongoing research says.

Sitting is one of the most toxic things we do, so get up off your duff and get moving.

When you need chiropractic adjustments Abbotsford is the place to be.  Dr. Dorothea McCallum provides General Chiropractic Care for people of all ages, Pre and Perinatal care for Moms and babies – Webster Technique Certified, Wellness Care and Coaching – Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP), Custom Corrective Orthotics.



Dr. Dorothea McCallum is located in Abbotsford at

Ventura Chiropractic

101-32920 Ventura Avenue

Abbotsford, B.C.



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Rememberance Day, November 11

posted by Drax @ 9:08 AM
November 6, 2013

Just a Reminder taht Ventura Chiropractic will be closed on Monday, November 11.

We are blessed to live in our wonderful country because of the sacrifice of those who died for our freedom.

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Why Runners Don’t Get Knee Arthritis

posted by Drax @ 14:51 PM
October 3, 2013

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Why Runners Don’t Get Knee Arthritis

I found this article in the New York Times and thought I’d pass it along because it shows a couple of really cool things. First of all, we do amazing science in Canada. Secondly, chiropractors have been saying for ages that proper movement doesn’t cause arthritis, it actually protects you from it and that is essentially what this article is saying.

So, if you like to run and your knees haven’t been injured – keep on going. If you have injured your knees in the past, know that running will probably cause you problems. But we know for sure that exercise is ALWAYS good for you.

If you are unfit then starting a new exercise regimen it can hurt at the beginning, but that can be because you started too hard, or your body just needs some time to get used to moving again. The thing to remember is that there is a difference between hurt and harm. Something can hurt a bit and be perfectly fine and safe to do without causing any harm. If something is harmful, you’ll usually know it because the pain doesn’t subside over time.

September 25, 2013 article in the New York Times


One of the most entrenched beliefs about running, at least among nonrunners, is that it causes arthritis and ruins knees. But a nifty new study finds that this idea is a myth and distance running is unlikely to contribute to the development of arthritis, precisely and paradoxically because it involves so much running.

It’s easy to understand, of course, why running is thought to harm the knee joint, since with every stride, ballistic forces move through a runner’s knee. Common sense would suggest that repeatedly applying such loads to a joint should eventually degrade its protective cartilage, leading to arthritis.

But many of the available, long-term studies of runners show that, as long as knees are healthy to start with, running does not substantially increase the risk of developing arthritis, even if someone jogs into middle age and beyond. An impressively large cross-sectional study of almost 75,000 runners published in July, for instance, found “no evidence that running increases the risk of osteoarthritis, including participation in marathons.” The runners in the study, in fact, had less overall risk of developing arthritis than people who were less active.

But how running can combine high impacts with a low risk for arthritis has been mysterious. So for a new study helpfully entitled, “Why Don’t Most Runners Get Knee Osteoarthritis?” researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and other institutions looked more closely at what happens, biomechanically, when we run and how those actions compare with walking.

Walking is widely considered a low-impact activity, unlikely to contribute much to the onset or progression of knee arthritis. Many physicians recommend walking for their older patients, in order to mitigate weight gain and stave off creaky knees.

But before the new study, which was published last week in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, scientists had not directly compared the loads applied to people’s knees during running and walking over a given distance.

To do so now, the researchers first recruited 14 healthy adult recreational runners, half of them women, with no history of knee problems. They then taped reflective markers to the volunteers’ arms and legs for motion capture purposes, and asked them to remove their shoes and walk five times at a comfortable pace along a runway approximately 50 feet long. The volunteers likewise ran along the same course five times at about their usual training pace.

The runway was equipped with specialized motion-capture cameras and pads that measured the forces generated when each volunteer struck the ground.

The researchers used the data gathered from the runway to determine how much force the men and women created while walking and running, as well as how often that force occurred and for how long.

It turned out, to no one’s surprise, that running produced pounding. In general, the volunteers hit the ground with about eight times their body weight while running, which was about three times as much force as during walking.

But they struck the ground less often while running, for the simple reason that their strides were longer. As a result, they required fewer steps to cover the same distance when running versus walking.

The runners also experienced any pounding for a shorter period of time than when they walked, because their foot was in contact with the ground more briefly with each stride.

The net result of these differences, the researchers found, was that the amount of force moving through a volunteer’s knees over any given distance was equivalent, whether they ran or walked. A runner generated more pounding with each stride, but took fewer strides than a walker, so over the course of, say, a mile, the overall load on the knees was about the same.

This finding provides a persuasive biomechanical explanation for why so few runners develop knee arthritis, said Ross Miller, now an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, who led the study. Measured over a particular distance, “running and walking are essentially indistinguishable,” in terms of the wear and tear they may inflict on knees.

In fact, Dr. Miller said, the study’s results intimate that running potentially could be beneficial against arthritis.

There’s some evidence” from earlier studies “that cartilage likes cyclical loading,” he said, meaning activity in which force is applied to the joint, removed and then applied again. In animal studies, such cyclical loading prompts cartilage cells to divide and replenish the tissue, he said, while noncyclical loading, or the continued application of force, with little on-and-off pulsation, can overload the cartilage, and cause more cells to die than are replaced.

But that’s speculation,” Dr. Miller said. His study was not designed to examine whether running could actually prevent arthritis but only why it does not more frequently cause it.

The results also are not an endorsement of running for knee health, he said. Runners frequently succumb to knee injuries unrelated to arthritis, he said, and his study does not address or explain that situation. One such ailment is patellofemoral pain syndrome, which is often called “runner’s knee.”

But for those of us who are — or hope to be — still hitting the pavement and trails in our twilight years, the results are soothing. “It does seem to be a myth,” Dr. Miller said, that our knees necessarily will wear out if we continue to run.

Dr. Dorothea McCallum, Abbotsford orthotics custom provider uses the advanced Footmaxx computer system to analyze your gait.  Custom orthotics are manufactured to correct your particular walking patterns.  Not based solely on the shape of your dysfunctional foot, Footmaxx orthotics actually correct over-pronation and other gait irregularities. Wearing Footmaxx orthotics and can lead to healthier, functional feet.  Plus, no more foot pain!  Visit McCallum Chiropractic for a gait analysis.





Dr. Dorothea McCallum is located in Abbotsford at


Ventura Chiropractic


101-32920 Ventura Avenue


Abbotsford, B.C.







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Dance and Chiropractic

posted by Drax @ 15:33 PM
September 26, 2013




What do Dance and Chiropractic have to do with each other?

Dance is a physically demanding art and sport requiring significant strength, flexibility and endurance in addition to the essential artistic flair. In fact many of the moves a dancer regularly performs involve positions requiring extremes of flexibility that repetitively challenge the limits of power and endurance.


Often when people think about dance, they think about grace, fluidity and aesthetic appearance, not realizing how physically demanding it is. Researchers rank ballet just behind football as the overall most demanding activity. Lactic acid blood levels produced during a choreographed dance solo are comparable to what top level football, squash and hockey players achieve during a game.

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Injuries in Dance


As in other sports, levels of physical fitness, particularly strength, can contribute to the development of injuries in dancers. As one example, researchers have demonstrated that dancers with low thigh strength more commonly suffer lower extremity (knee, ankle and foot) injuries.





Areas of common injury in dancers are:

Foot and ankle 53%

Hip 21%

Knee 16%

Back 10%


Preventing Injury


Most dance pupils are in class for exercise and fun and will probably never join the National Ballet, or appear on Broadway in musicals. None the less, injuries can spoil the fun and fitness aspects of any activity. Excellent teaching, correcting bad posture, improper positioning and technique are the most important steps in preventing injury. Dancers who do other activities that use their bodies in different ways benefit by being stronger and more flexibility physically and mentally.


Chiropractic and Dance


As chiropractors we like to encourage young dancers to get a check-up for alignment and subtle muscle imbalances that can occur from everyday living (back-packs and school!) that can affect movement, alignment and muscle balance.


Chiropractors are trained for seven years in biomechanics, movement and body function. Nobody knows how the body moves better. We are trained to detect changes in movement patterns, posture and dysfunction before symptoms cause pain.


Because Chiropractic deals more directly with correct functioning of the neuromusculoskeletal system than any other health provider, check-ups and gentle corrections can help prevent future injury. Think about it this way. When your body is out of balance, you use one side more than the other and it becomes stronger than the other. This results in imbalance and stress on joints, more on one side than the other. This makes different poses, positions and movement more difficult. You are more likely to injure yourself when you are out of balance and asymmetrical.


If injury does occur, your chiropractor can evaluate the symptoms, using movement and pain patterns to pin point the cause of the problem and correct it without the use of drugs or surgery.


How Do Chiropractors Treat Dancing Children?


First we ask a lot of questions, then we examine the person looking for asymmetry and imbalances. We have the dancer bend in every direction and make sure these movements are even. Then we palpate, looking for specific areas of decreased joint movement, muscle tightness and imbalance. We check muscle strength and make sure it’s the same on both sides.


Then, with their parent’s permission we do gentle corrections called adjustments. We know many different techniques to restore joint movement and muscle balance. Most kids really like getting adjusted and their corrections are fast and last.


How to tell if a Dancer needs a Chiropractic Evaluation?

What to Look For:

Movement asymmetry – ie more turnout on one leg

Strength asymmetry

A shoulder or hip that is higher than the other

Uneven movements and difficulty with control

Balance problems

Holding the head to one side or tilted

Pain that doesn’t subside with rest

When you need chiropractic adjustments Abbotsford is the place to be.  Dr. Dorothea McCallum provides General Chiropractic Care for people of all ages, Pre and Perinatal care for Moms and babies – Webster Technique Certified, Wellness Care and Coaching – Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP), Custom Corrective Orthotics.



Dr. Dorothea McCallum is located in Abbotsford at

Ventura Chiropractic

101-32920 Ventura Avenue

Abbotsford, B.C.



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Car Accidents and Dizziness

posted by Drax @ 10:13 AM
September 19, 2013


mvaCar Accidents and Dizziness




If you’ve been injured in a car accident you know all about all the aches, pains, headaches and other funny symptoms that can show up as you begin healing.


If you’re used to being healthy and counting on your body to always keep you going, you can be surprised by all the odd sensations you start feeling – things like ringing in the ears, dizziness, trouble swallowing, blurred vision, extreme tiredness, tenderness in your scalp, jabbing pains at the base of your skull or in the temples or your eye.



Did you know that there is a close connection to neck injury and dizziness? Most family physicians and chiropractors have had the experience of patients complaining of persistent dizziness when they have an injury following a car crash, and especially a rear-end collision.


There is a wealth of information published in medical and other scientific journals clearly showing a causal link between car accidents and dizziness.


There are three main mechanisms:

  1. A disturbance in the inner ear caused by the head jarring during the accident.
  2. A sympathetic nervous system disturbance because of strain to the neck
  3. as part of a constellation of symptoms related to a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury.


Sometimes the patient’s complain of dizziness is delayed – that is not immediately apparent or reported. If there is a long time between the accident and when the dizziness is reported, how can you tell if the accident is the cause of the dizziness?


Neil Longridge is and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist and a UBC professor. Is widely acknowledged as the top ENT physician in BC and one of the leading researchers in the world. He is asked for his opinion in the majority of MVA dizziness cases that come before the Court.


His approach has been universally accepted by the Courts. His cut off mark is six months. If the patient complains of dizziness within six months of the accident, it is likely the result of the accident.


If the dizziness is not part and parcel of a head injury, the next possibility to explore is the ENT connection. If an ENT causal link is unlikely, we are left with a diagnosis of sympathetic dysfunction as a diagnosis of exclusion.


My thanks to Dr. Lee Cowley from Cowley and Company for supplying this information in his monthly newsletters.  

When you need chiropractic adjustments Abbotsford is the place to be.  Dr. Dorothea McCallum provides General Chiropractic Care for people of all ages, Pre and Perinatal care for Moms and babies – Webster Technique Certified, Wellness Care and Coaching – Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP), Custom Corrective Orthotics.


Dr. Dorothea McCallum is located in Abbotsford at

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101-32920 Ventura Avenue

Abbotsford, B.C.




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