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April 2008

Low Intensity Laser Therapy

We are excited to be able to offer low intensity laser therapy for sports injuries, arthritis and a variety of other chronic or degenerative conditions.

The healing potential of low intensity laser therapy extends to a wide range of medical conditions, some of which are listed below.

This exciting new technology involves the application of light energy at specific power levels in order to penetrate the tissues of your body. These particles of energy are absorbed by a variety of small molecules within your cells, a process that initiates a number of positive physiological responses.

In essence, light energy is converted into biochemical energy. The result is that normal cell structure and function are restored. The characteristics of the therapeutic light beam permit penetration of deep tissues without affecting normal cells.

It should be noted that the treatment aims to cure the pathology, rather than control the symptoms, which is the usual approach for the management of pain.

For more information, or a full list of conditions treated please consult our laser therapy webpage. Or, you can contact us for more details.

The Advantages of Low Intensity Laser Therapy

  • Non-invasive
  • Highly effective
  • Non-toxic
  • No known negative side-effects
  • Easily applied

Conditions Treated

  • repetitive strain injuries
  • rotator cuff tears
  • achilles tendonitis
  • soft tissue injuries
  • bursitis
  • osteoarthritis
  • patello-femoral syndrome
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • tennis/golf elbow
  • ligament and tendon tears
  • tendonitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • numbness/nerve pain

Acupuncture and Heartburn

A study published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics in 2007 demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating refractory heartburn.

Reflux is a common chronic problem that affects 44% of American adults. Currently, the most common treatment is daily use of proton pump inhibitor medication. When these drugs don’t work, the usual practice is to double the dosage even though this is shown to work in only 25% of people.

This study looked into the effects of adding acupuncture to regular medication, versus doubling the dosage. 30 adults underwent the 6 week trial, and the results showed patients in the acupuncture group showing a significant decrease in symptoms and reflux episodes, while the double dose medication group showed to no significant improvements.

This study is only the first to document this effect, and so more studies are needed to verify the results. It should be noted that the acupuncture done in this study was performed based on true traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture points and procedures, by a registered TCM practitioner.

With these preliminary results, and the many side effects accompanying medication, acupuncture may be a valid choice for patients dealing with recurring reflux disease. With so few side effects, and significant relief possible, it’s worth a try!

Sun Run Aftermath

The annual Sun Run is tomorrow, and while the mere thought of sharing space with 55,000 of my closest friends sends me into convulsions of claustrophobia, it continues to be a very popular event.

Many people will be drawn to running because of its ease, affordability and simplicity. Its a great cardiovascular exercise that can be done anywhere, and can be modified for skill and ability level. However, it is also very high impact and hard on the body.

With over two times your body weight pounding down on your joints with every step, even a small biomechanical flaw will be exaggerated. A collapsed arch? A tight hip? A mis-aligned kneecap? Each of these problems can turn into real pain.

The good news is that most of the time a new pair of shoes is all you need to rid yourself of the pain. Check out our Comox Valley Chiropractic website, and an article on choosing an appropriate running shoe.

If this doesn’t solve your problem, or if your pain is stopping you from running, see your Comox Valley Chiropractor for an evaluation. Often times a simple correction of a lingering problem is all you  need to get back on the road.

Proper Workplace Setup

As a Comox Valley Chiropractor, I see alot of people who have pain and stiffness from working at their desks. Simply put, your body wasn’t mean to sit at a computer for extended periods of time. It is this immobility and sustained position that is so irritating for the body. The following is a reproduction of helpful information that appears on our Chiropractic Comox Valley website:

Workplace Ergonomics

As the workload increases, so do repetitive actions like keyboarding and answering the phone. These routine tasks can add a level of physical stress to the emotional and mental stress of getting the job done. In fact, repetitive strain injuries have skyrocketed in the last two decades due to the increasing reliance on workplace technology.

The good news is that a few simple changes to your office set-up can help make your job easier, safer and more efficient.


Position it above your lap. Ensure that you can type with your arms relaxed, close to your body with elbows bent at 90 degrees and wrists level.

Computer Monitor

Position it directly in front of you. Keep it free of dirt and smudges in order to reduce glare. Allow the muscles in your eyes to relax by following the 20/20/20 rule: take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and focus on an object that is at least 20 feet away from you. Make sure to use proper corrective eyewear to avoid leaning or straining forward to see the computer screen.


Some workers have a vice-like grip on the mouse. Try using a light grip to avoid strain. When you move it around, use your elbow to guide it instead of your wrist.


Use your hand to support the telephone against your ear and alternate sides regularly. Do not cradle the phone between your ear and your shoulder. If you are on the phone a lot, consider using a headset or speaker to reduce strain on your neck and arms.


Sit upright and all the way to the back. Place a support cushion or roll against the arch of your back for lumbar spine support. Here are some tips to help you adjust your chair:

1. Stand in front of the chair and adjust the height so that the highest point of the seat is just below your kneecap.

2. Sit on the chair and make sure that your knees are bent at approximately a 100 degree angle when your feet are flat on the floor.

3. Adjust the backrest forwards and backwards as well as up and down until it fits the hollow in your lower back.

4. Sit upright with your arms hanging by your sides. Bend your elbows at about a right angle and adjust the armrest height until they barely touch the undersides of the elbows. Remove the armrest from the chair if the right level cannot be achieved or if the armrests, in their lowest adjustment, elevate your elbows even slightly.

Take A Break

Try not to sit in any one position for a long period of time. Take a quick stretch break or change position every 30 to 45 minutes. For a quick and easy stretch, stand up and raise your arms above your head.

Your Comox Valley Chiropractor is here to help. Chiropractors can help prevent workplace problems by advising you on how to set up an ergonomic workstation. Should you suffer a repetitive strain injury, your Comox Valley Chiropractor can also provide treatment for your pain.

Prevention and Your Vancouver Chiropractor

“Health care costs are rising at twice the rate of economic growth, and three times the rate of inflation. We spend more time treating a growing number of chronic diseases, instead of preventing them. Change is needed, and with our Throne Speech and Budget, we have turned the need for change into an opportunity for improvement.

The best time to deal with illnesses is before they occur. That is why our government is moving to eliminate trans fats in the preparation of foods in restaurants and ban smoking in cars with young children, steps we believe will prevent chronic illness in British Columbia and save the health care system downstream costs.

George Abbott, Health Minister

Prevention is the focus of the BC government moving forward. With their Act Now BC campaign, the BC government is trying to encourage BC residents to get active, stay healthy, and prevent chronic diseases from occurring.

One of the largest chronic health conditions in BC residents is that of lower back pain. Over 80% of British Columbians will experience low back pain in their lifetime. It is for this reason that the BC Chiropractic Association has partnered with the Ministry of Health to create a campaign targeting students and their parents.

The Pack it Light, Wear it Right campaign endeavors to educate kids about the potential harmful effects of too-heavy backpacks on their back health. In partnership with Act Now BC, two commercial spots were created and aired on tv. Visit the BCCA web page to view theses spots. They were extremely effective , with a recent Ipsos Reid poll showing a 73% recall of the ads.

More information is available on our Chiropractic Comox Valley website

Pack it Light, Wear it Right Handout