Recently Dr Paul and his family were featured in the Neighbours of Leaside & Bennington Heights, The Listro Family: A Story of Backs, Business, and Beats. You can read the article here.
I’m Jay Kirkwood, client of Dr. Listro and I’m a believer in his work.
Before I met Dr. Listro, my body was in pain for nearly a year or so. My job does not make my pain any easier. I’m a truck driver/mover/salvage by trade.
I was told by my doctor and painful testing that I had mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome. There is constant shooting/tingling/numbing pains in my arms. The issue was so bad that it will wake me up in the middle of the night. It was always the worst overnight and I had to wear arm bracers to keep it away and to get some pitiful amount of sleep. I was getting short-tempered and quick to anger and it was really out of character for me.
There was rough three weeks of my life in July 2016 when I was about to request for leave of absence from work to recover. I came across Dr. Listro Facebook ads. I realized that no one has took an X-ray of my back. I decided with nothing to lose and getting over my wary of chiropractic, I went and met up with Dr. Listro. I was able to get x-ray and first treatment on the same day. It turns out that I have three pinched nerves how can I be walking with three pinched nerves, I’ll never know.
I still can not believe what happened next, as soon I left the office after getting some treatment. My pain factor in my arms went down at least 80 percent and I had my best sleep ever in over a year. The first two weeks of treatment was a bit painful and and dis-comfortable especially with stretching routine provided by Dr. Listro. Everyday for that two weeks the pain factors and whichever may caused me dis-comfortable was dropping all the time.
I am happy to report that I am about to enter third round of treatment with Dr. Listro. I have no experience of pains in my arms since then and I have been sleeping without arm bracers. My pain percentage is less than 10 percent. My mood and outlook is much better, I’m walking better, walking taller, and surprising breathing better. My girlfriend can voucher that my snoring has reduced drastically.
Even if I was able to met myself before July 2016 and tell him how much better I am doing, I would never believed myself. It was mind blogging experience and still is. My family doctor is really thrilled with the process.
Dr. Listro is the real deal.
Health-E-News June 2016
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Chiropractic helps relieve pain of 30 year old pregnant nurse with a baby in a malposition
If you would wish the constant pains with pregnancy would go away, or know of someone who does, Chiropractic is definitely something to consider.
Pregnancy can cause a lot of stress on the body. It causes the release of several hormones in the body which change many internal structures to accommodate the growing baby. This includes the loosening of many joints around the pelvis, as well as causing the pelvis to tilt. These structural changes position the body in an unusual way that the body is not quite made for, causing the muscles to take up more work to also accommodate this. Much pain stems from these now overworking muscles, resulting in pelvic or low back pain.
In this case, a thirty-year-old nurse was brought to see a Chiropractor at 34 weeks of pregnancy, with her baby lying in her stomach in an unfavourable orientation. She expressed a variety of pain-related issues including: sharp left hip pain and right sided sciatica which increased when she stood up after sitting for long periods of time. It was noted that her previous child was delivered with extensive back labour.
Within a short time and routine of Chiropractic care her hip, leg, lower back, and pelvic pains subsided, and it was noted her child turned from the unfavourable orientation to a more favourable one for child birthing. She gave birth to the child without serious back labour or serious complications.
Alcantara, J., & Edwards, J., (2015) The Chiropractic Care of a Pregnant Patient Experiencing Multiple Fetal Positional Changes. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health –Chiropractic 4, 4(2)
Roughly Half of all Cancer Deaths Could Be Eliminated By Doing These Four Things
Roughly half of cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented or forestalled if people quit smoking, cut back on drinking, maintained a healthful weight and got at least 150 minutes of exercise each week, according to a new report.
These same measures would also reduce the number of new cancer diagnoses by 40% to 70%.
For men, universal embrace of this lifestyle could avert or delay 67% of cancer deaths and prevent 63% of new malignancies each year, researchers calculated. If all of the nation’s women did the same, their yearly cancer mortality rates would fall by 59% and new cancers would drop 41%
The findings, published online this week in the journal JAMA Oncology, underscore how extensively public health measures aimed at fostering healthful lifestyles could cut into a disease that will claim the lives of 600,000 Americans this year and upend the lives of 1.6 million by turning them into newly diagnosed patients.
The effect of a healthful lifestyle varied according to gender and cancer type. For instance, women who followed the strictures on smoking, drinking, weight and exercise could reduce their lung cancer risk by 85% and their colorectal cancer risk by 60%. For men, the corresponding figures were 90% and 50%.
The results suggest the most effective way to fight cancer is to promote healthful habits that foster cancer prevention.
Sadly, Even Children Suffer From Headaches
If your child or a friend’s suffers from headaches, Chiropractic can help.
People tend to think that painful headaches only affect teenagers and adults, sadly that isn’t the case. Some research has shown as many as 30% of children younger than 7 suffer from headaches. Fortunately, Chiropractic can help children as much as it can help adults who suffer from headaches.
A six-year-old boy suffering from headaches began a program of Chiropractic care, receiving a total of 10 visits. The child suffered from chronic headaches of two years duration before beginning Chiropractic care. Prior to Chiropractic care, the child had used standard medical over-the-counter ibuprofen. Unfortunately the medication did not help. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and a computer tomography (CT) scan could not address the issue at hand, nor did a consultation with a neurologist.
The pediatrician suggested the mother and patient seek chiropractic care. During the Chiropractor’s examination, it was determined that the child suffered from subluxations in his neck. After the 5th visit, the patient no longer reported experiencing any headaches.
The article highlights the impact of Chiropractic care. It took over two years before the thought of Chiropractic intervention was introduced. Society is so reliant in medicine and drugs that we forget the alternative, and less intrusive, medical interventions. Before looking into additional invasive medical tests, it’s recommend to seek safe, alternative care options, such as Chiropractic.
Ryan Olsen, D.C.1& Joel Alcantara, D.C. Resolution of Chronic Cervicogenic Headaches in 6-Year-Old Male Following Care Directed at Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2014 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 81-86
Your posture, the health of your spine, and diet all play a vital role in your health. If you are suffering with headaches, or back pain, seek safe care options like Chiropractic.
There Is A Single Nerve That Connects All Of Your Vital Organs
Chiropractors have known for over 100 years, that a healthy nerve system is vital for health. A recent article written from a neurologist has some interesting insights.
Kevin Tracey, a neurosurgeon based in New York, is a man with a mission. “My mother died from a brain tumor when I was five years old. It was very sudden and unexpected,” he says. “And I learned from that experience that the brain – nerves – are responsible for health.”
In the late 1990s, Tracey was experimenting with a rat’s brain. “We’d injected an anti-inflammatory drug into the brain because we were studying the beneficial effect of blocking inflammation during a stroke,” he recalls. “We were surprised to find that when the drug was present in the brain, it also blocked inflammation in the spleen and in other organs in the rest of the body. Yet the amount of drug we’d injected was far too small to have got into the bloodstream and traveled to the rest of the body.”
After months puzzling over this, he finally hit upon the idea that the brain might be using the nervous system – specifically the vagus nerve – to tell the spleen to switch off inflammation everywhere.
It was an extraordinary idea – if Tracey was right, inflammation in body tissues was being directly regulated by the brain. Communication between the immune system’s specialist cells in our organs and bloodstream and the electrical connections of the nervous system had been considered impossible. Now Tracey was apparently discovering that the two systems were intricately linked.
The vagus nerve was determined to be one of the vital nerves within your nerve system. It travels down each side of the neck, across the chest and down through the abdomen. ‘Vagus’ is Latin for ‘wandering’ and indeed this bundle of nerve fibres roves through the body, networking the brain with the stomach and digestive tract, the lungs, heart, spleen, intestines, liver and kidneys, not to mention a range of other nerves that are involved in speech, eye contact, facial expressions and even your ability to tune in to other people’s voices.
The vagus nerve is made of thousands and thousands of fibres and 80 per cent of them are sensory, meaning that the vagus nerve reports back to your brain what is going on in your organs.
Operating far below the level of our conscious minds, the vagus nerve is vital for keeping our bodies healthy.
Chiropractors check the alignment and movement of the cervical (neck) vertebrae in order to ensure the vagus nerve is functioning optimally, thus keeping your body healthy.
Meet Dr. Travis’ Back Pain “Dream Team”
After suffering from chronic back pain for months, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork underwent an MRI with orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed and learned that he had two herniated discs. In order to avoid surgery, he tried alternative treatment with licensed chiropractor Dr. Chett Mallett, licensed acupuncturist Aaron Niemi, and restorative trainer Jonathan Leary. Find out if he’ll need additional treatment.
If you or your children suffer from asthma, Chiropractic can help.
Asthma is one of the most common long-term diseases in children and can cause breathlessness, wheezing and chest tightness, along with coughing at night or early in the mornings. Asthma attacks are usually triggered by an environmental irritant such as secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, cockroaches and pests, pets, outdoor air pollution, and more. When these triggers are inhaled, they can cause irritation of the nerves that control the lungs, causing the small airways to tighten up, restricting air flow, resulting in asthma.
An eleven-year-old girl was brought to see a Chiropractor for the first time as she had a variety of health-related issues including: asthma, chronic allergies, sinus problems, dry skin, and leg cramps. During the Chiropractic examination, it was noted that the child had poor posture.
Within the first month and a half of Chiropractic care, which accumulated to 27 visits, the girl discontinued all of her medications, no longer had allergic symptoms, and could breathe normally. Improvements in her skin and posture were also seen.
Fedorchuk, C., & Opitz, K. (2014). Improvement in Quality of Life and Improved Cervical Curve in an 11-year-old Child with Asthma Following Chiropractic Intervention: A Case Study. Journal Of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health -Chiropractic4, 4(2)
If you have tried traditional medical care for asthma without success, know that there are numerous studies that demonstrate how Chiropractic can help those who suffer with asthma.
People who went to the emergency department because of low back pain didn’t get better pain relief from opioids or muscle relaxants than with a non-prescription painkiller, a randomized trial shows.
Low back pain is responsible for more than 2.5 million visits to U.S. emergency departments each year. Patients are usually treated with acetaminophen, skeletal muscle relaxants and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and opioids, often in combination.
Doctors in Bronx, New York, studied 323 patients who arrived at emergency with acute low back pain that started within the previous two weeks. Neither naproxen combined with oxycodone/acetaminophen nor naproxen combined with cyclobenzaprine offered better pain relief after a week or after a month.
Three months after the emergency department visit, almost a quarter of the group said they still felt moderate to severe pain requiring medication.
Thousands of studies have shown the effectiveness of Chiropractic care in treating low back pain. There is no need to suffer. The people in the previous study were still in pain 3 months later. Drugs are not the answer.
Chiropractic is a health care system that holds that the structure of the body, particularly the spine, affects the function of every part of the body. Chiropractors try to correct the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself.
While the mainstay of chiropractic is spinal manipulation, chiropractic care now includes a wide variety of other treatments, including manual or manipulative therapies, postural and exercise education, ergonomic training (how to walk, sit, and stand to limit back strain), nutritional consultation, and even ultrasound and laser therapies. In addition, chiropractors today often work in conjunction with primary care doctors, pain experts, and surgeons to treat patients with pain.
Most research on chiropractic has focused on spinal manipulation for back pain. Chiropractic treatment for many other problems—including other musculoskeletal pain, headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia—has also been studied. A recent review concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash.
There have been reports of serious complications, including stroke, following spinal manipulation of the neck, although this is very rare and some studies suggest this may not be directly caused by the treatment.
“Spinal manipulation” is a generic term used for any kind of therapeutic movement of the spine, but used more precisely it is the application of quick but strong pressure on a joint between two vertebrae of the spine. That pressure twists or rotates the joint beyond its normal range of motion and causes a sharp cracking noise. That distinctive noise is believed to be caused by the breaking of a vacuum or the release of a bubble into the synovial fluid, the clear, thick fluid that lubricates the spinal and other joints. Spinal manipulation can be done either directly by pushing on the vertebrae or indirectly by twisting the neck or upper part of the body. It should be done to only one spinal joint at a time. Chiropractors and other practitioners accomplish this by positioning the body so the force they exert is focused on one joint while parts of the spine above and below it are held very still. Most spinal manipulation treatments take somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes and are scheduled two or three times a week initially. Look for improvements in your symptoms after a couple of weeks.
In addition, a chiropractor may advise you about changing your biomechanics and posture and suggest other treatments and techniques. The ultimate goal of chiropractic is to help relieve pain and help patients better manage their condition at home.
The great majority of cancer may be influenced by environment and lifestyle factors.
That’s what the authors of a new study in the journal Nature argue. External factors such as exposure to toxins and radiation are a major risk factor in developing cancer, the study revealed. Environmental factors play important roles in cancer incidence and they are modifiable through lifestyle changes.
Looking at the increasing incidences of various types of cancers, including lung cancer, the authors concluded that “large risk proportions for cancer are attributable to changing environments” such as smoking and air pollutants. Exposure to the sun and poor diet play a role.
Nearly half of cancers, according to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, could be prevented if people changed their lifestyle or reduced their environmental exposure to cancer-causing agents.
Statistics say that nine out of ten people suffer from some sort of headaches, but if you ask the average person they’d probably say that it’s ten out of ten. Almost all of us get headaches at some point, and in many cases these headaches aren’t one-time phenomena. To get more specific, 95% of headaches are tension, cluster, or migraine headaches rather than a symptom of some more serious physical problems, and the vast majority of those are tension headaches.
While lots of people will take an over-the-counter pain pill and carry on with the day, this is not be the best solution. One reason for this is that these medicines only mask the pain rather than address the cause of the pain. Secondly, we as a society take too many pills as quick fixes, and our livers aren’t improving as a result. Chiropractic care can be a better answer.
What Causes Tension Headaches?
The most common cause of tension headaches is a subluxation, or a slight misalignment of the vertebrae, in the upper back and neck. This misalignment can be caused by trauma, injury, toxins, allergens, or even psychological or emotional sources, and can result in inflammation of the surrounding muscles or nerve endings. Being involved in a jolting experience such as a car accident can result in this type of misalignment, but so can simply sitting at a computer all day. Even normal everyday “bad habits” can cause this neck tension, such as poor posture, poor diet, and having “unfit” muscles just from being out of shape.
Because of these common causes, there are much better home care solutions than popping a pain reliever. Changing your diet for the better, stretching every day, exercising, and using hot or cold packs on the back of the neck can all offer relief, and usually relief that lasts much longer than a pill. In fact, the changing of diet and/or exercise habits can be a permanent solution.
If none of these simple fixes do the trick in reducing or eliminating your tension headaches (or even if they do help but you want or need more relief), Chiropractic care has been shown to be an extremely effective treatment for headaches. A 2001 report from Duke University found that “spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication”, according to the American Chiropractic Association‘s website.
Chiropractic is, essentially, the art of removing these subluxations, which are the most common cause of these headaches. It makes sense, therefore that Chiropractic treatment is one of the most effective treatments for common tension headaches, if not the most effective of all. The next time your head starts aching from what appears to be tension related, try one of these other remedies before running to the medicine cabinet. Better yet, don’t wait for the headache to start, call us today to schedule an examination to assess your spinal health.