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Dr. Raminder Badyal

Chiropractic Benefits

Chiropractic care is highly effective in managing and reducing pain as it relates to the structure and function of the body. This is done as a healthy hands-on alternative rather than the use of prescription or non-prescription drugs. Chiropractic treatments are also known for optimizing the nervous system and restoring overall health and well-being.

The Advantages Of Chiropractic Care

When physically active individuals from Vancouver require professional chiropractic care to maintain and optimize their body health, they turn to Dr. Raminder Badyal B.Sc., D.C. at the Downtown Wellness Centre. Dr. Badyal’s practice focus is holistic as it addresses all of the important components of the body that require care for its optimal pain-free function. Those components include: spinal/body alignment, muscle/soft tissue care, dietary counseling, nutritional supplementation as well as home exercise/stretch regimen prescription to maintain whole body fitness. Dr. Badyal simply believes that “it is only when you pay special attention to all of these integral components of your body that you can regain and maintain whole body health and wellness.”

The Advantages of Chiropractic Care:

When most patients visit our office, they are generally in some degree of short term or long term pain or discomfort. Once a diagnosis is made following a history and physical examination, chiropractic care which includes spinal/joint adjustive therapy, soft tissue therapy, electrotherapy, as well as home care instruction is extremely effective in reducing and managing pain in a short period of time. In addition, this management of pain is achieved in the absence of prescription/non prescription drugs and their unwanted unhealthy side-effects. Pain management leads to life enjoyment as patients are able to once again participate in the daily activities that they love.

Once chiropractic care has successfully treated the initial problem that was leading to the discomfort and disability, it can be continued on a monthly maintenance basis to prevent future recurrence or new body issues from developing and to keep your body performing at its peak potential. We find that patients that chose a preventative maintenance chiropractic program live more optimally and injury free than those that choose chiropractic treatment only during times of injury and pain. Maintenance leads to fewer office visits and greater overall optimal body function.

In addition to the direct orthopedic advantages of chiropractic care, there are also those positive effects that have been shown on the function of the visceral system. By maintaining proper spinal health, the interference on the nervous system is greatly reduced which is responsible for sending the correct signals from the brain through the spinal cord and to the various organ systems of the body to function properly. By reducing pressure or interference on the nervous system, optimal function of the visceral organ systems of the body is enhanced. This is why chiropractic treatment have been shown to help with a wide range of organ related problems including asthma, indigestion, colic as well as improved immune function.

The reality is whatever health issue you may have, it is imperative to visit the right health care practitioner who can accurately diagnose your condition and either treat it effectively, or refer you to another who can. At the Downtown Wellness Centre, Dr. Badyal is motivated to accurately diagnose and provide the highest quality health care to our patients so that they can regain their well-being to optimally function every day. Help us improve the health of our community by encouraging friends and family to choose the natural approach to health and wellness.

Dr. Badyal’s Health Care Articles

Well On Your Way To Being ``Well``

In the wise words of Professor Benjamin Miller: “Your body is the one machine that is unconditionally guaranteed to last a lifetime. How long and good a life this will be depends a great deal on you, whether you neglect and abuse your body out of carelessness and ignorance or whether you treat it with the respect so wonderful and complicated an organism deserves.”

The term health care has in the past acquired an expanded and somewhat novel meaning. Traditionally, health care has been used as a general term to refer to anything and everything people do to combat illness and injury. More recently its meaning has been appropriately widened to include more positive measures that may be undertaken to promote and maintain your health. It is in this broadened sense that health’s companion term “Wellness” is employed.

The dictionary definition of wellness is to be in good, fortunate, comfortable, or satisfactory condition. In health care terms wellness is a proactive approach to maintaining and improving your health through the prevention of illness. It is a positive lifestyle choice and a way of living that dramatically improves individual health, quality of life, personal performance, and overall sense of well-being. It is a continuum moving from very sick all the way to optimal health. As the definition acknowledges, one of the most important tenets of wellness is that the prevention of disease is just as important as treating it, perhaps today even more important considering that chronic illnesses are increasingly being deemed incurable. It is also becoming clearly evident that at times even the most innovative and far-reaching of health care technology, while obviously aiming to be beneficial, is not adequate in the prevention of disease and the maintenance of our health.

As it stands, the principle of traditional care is when the body’s working deviates from normal; an intrusive counteracting procedure should be and for the part is applied. For example: an alkaline for acid indigestion, a sleeping pill for insomnia, or a cold pack to reduce fever etc. What this has created is a system of health care, which more appropriately should be termed “sick care” that focuses only on clearing up the overt symptoms of disease. Consequently, as is seen in practice each day, these symptoms tend to resurface time and time again due to inattention to the underlying imbalance or problem and an overemphasis on symptom relief.

So then what is the solution? First and foremost it appears obvious that a shift in orientation is needed from reactive “sick care” to proactive wellness-oriented “health care” with an increasing emphasis on your own self-care. This new orientation encompasses the foremost principle of natural holistic health care. That is, recognizing that the human body has a unique, innate healing capacity which explains why most disease processes are self-limiting and go away without seeking treatment. The orientation involves taking on the responsibility to understand your body, to learn how it functions, what makes it dysfunction, and take the timely steps to prevent it dysfunction and promote its health. It also entails comprehending that in those instances when the body is not functioning optimally and sickness results, the primary cause is not the virus or bacteria as the traditional allopathic model holds but rather the body’s unhealthy state in the first place that made it increasingly vulnerable to invasion by that virus or bacteria. Thus, instead of the focus being placed on the symptoms of the disease, the focus is put squarely on the shoulders of the individual and what is specifically needed to improve his or her health to markedly reduce the individual’s susceptibility to the disease processes.

For obvious reasons the concept of wellness should not be considered a replacement for health care from a professional when you are ill. Health care providers have the ability to correctly diagnose and help alleviate and help cure many types of health problems. It is simply that there are many ways to greatly increase your chances to avoid illness and save yourself a lot, in terms of pain sand suffering. The conclusion here is that we are not dependent upon technological breakthroughs to achieve health but instead, it is good health that depends on educated lifestyle choices we make each day to avoid disease and illness.

Dr. Raminder Badyal B.Sc., D.C.

Harvard Medical School Report Supports Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain

A 2012 report published by Harvard Medical School supports what we as Chiropractors have been practicing successfully in our offices for over a century: that chiropractic treatment for lower back pain is not only effective but also more satisfying and less disabling for our patients .

The Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, titled Low Back Pain – Healing Your Aching Back (published by Harvard Health Publications) defines the factors that lead to and contribute to low back pain and the treatment options available for patients to treat it. The report notes that of these treatment options, chiropractic care is listed as a therapeutic option for patients suffering from acute lower back pain that reduces both pain and the necessity of medication for some of these patients.

The report also examines a 2010 review of 12 different studies involving 2,887 people with low back pain which at that time concluded: “…chiropractic care improved short-and medium-term pain more than other treatments, including exercise, physical therapy, and medication….people who saw chiropractors also reported being less disabled over the short term (one month) compared with people who received other treatments such as standard medical therapy.” (page 26)*

The effectiveness and the satisfaction of chiropractic care continue to be proven not only at the scientific research/review level but also everyday in our positive interaction with our patients in our offices. To obtain and further examine this report, please follow this link.

The Importance of Icing OR Heating for Injuries

Further to the article that I wrote: Ice or Heat? (You can read it here…) I also came across an extremely informative article written by Dr. John Zielonka that stresses the importance of using good judgment in the provision of ice or heat for both acute and chronic injuries. Clinical rationale from the side of the health care provider is extremely important in prescribing the correct, most therapeutic intervention and thus saving our patients from extended disability due to pain. It is too often in our offices we see patients that have been provided the incorrect protocol on icing or heating an injury. Click Here to read the full article…

The Proper Treatment of “Mechanical Low Back Pain”

Mechanical low back pain is a phenomenon that affects eighty five percent of us at least once in our life time and for approximately one fifth of us, it affects us to some degree once every year. It is defined as local lower back pain caused by strain of the muscles along the spine of the lower back or of a sprain of the ligaments or joints between the individual vertebrae of the lower back. The symptoms are quite consistent: local lower back pain especially when changing positions that is also aggravated by exertional activity (lifting, forward or back bending, twisting ) or when assuming static positions such as lying or sitting for an extended period of time. In addition to the local pain, there is also associated muscular tension in the affected area of the lower back. The end result is an episode of low back pain and stiffness that can range from being mild but noticeable to disabling for a period of time.

The danger of experiencing a bout of this type of lower back pain is that it may become chronic or long lasting in duration causing an extended time of pain and disability. This is generally the case when patients experiencing mechanical low back pain do not properly take the right steps to rectify the cause or causes of the discomfort. This happens commonly when either the pain is misdiagnosed and therefore not managed properly from the health care practitioner side, or if the patient is not compliant with the prescribed plan of management. In either case, the mismanagement or the non compliance leads to greater pain and greater disability.

Managing mechanical low back pain from the health care practitioner side involves first and foremost arriving at the correct diagnosis and then implementing the proper plan of management to alleviate and prevent further the cause of the disorder. The correct diagnosis of lower back pain of mechanical origin is arrived at by taking a thorough patient history and regional physical examination. The diagnosis is correctly then made when both of these procedures point to the cause of the lower back pain resulting from excess strain placed on the muscles, ligaments or intervertebral joints of the lower back. In addition, the symptom pattern as well as regional physical examination findings must also rule out any other significant diagnoses. A common mistake that is made by practitioners upon arriving at the correct diagnosis of mechanical low back pain is oversimplifying the structural cause of the pain and discomfort. That is, the assumption is made in these cases that only one “part” of the anatomy of the lower back is affected when experiencing such pain. For example, the over-abundantly diagnosed “pulled muscle” as the sole cause of one’s mechanical lower back pain. The fact is that individual structures that make up the spine are not mutually exclusive. They are intimately connected both structurally and functionally. As a result, when one part is injured or irritated, the other parts are directly impacted and thus also need to be addressed in both diagnosis and treatment.

The Common Lower Back Pain Case: In our clinics we see these cases each and every day. The patient arrives with some degree of local lower back pain with stiffness. The patient lacks mobility in that the range of motion of the lower back is significantly reduced with pain experienced when entertaining any type of movement. In most cases they also exhibit some degree of antalgia generally in forward flexion (they are posturally bent slightly forward) or in lateral flexion (bent to one side left or right) which relieves some of the pain. Otherwise there are no other neurological signs or symptoms.

Properly Treating Mechanical Low Back Pain: In this case in order to effectively treat this ailment, we simply need to address all of the components that are causing the dysfunction. Proper treatment/management involves:

1. Reducing any inflammation that is present at the intervertebral joint level or in the surrounding soft tissues which is the primary cause of the pain. *Treatment: moist ice therapy, natural anti inflammatory supplementation.

2. Reducing spasm or tightness in the paraspinal muscles therefore increasing the pliability of these soft tissues. *Treatment: acupressure, massage, electrotherapy, active release techniques, active and passive stretching.

3. Reducing any vertebral misalignments/subluxations to restore the range of motion in the affected joints of the spine. *Treatment: spinal adjustments

If these 3 components are effectively addressed with the addition of a sound educated home patient self -care regimen, the resolution of symptoms and duration of disability are significantly reduced and the cause of the low back pain is corrected properly.

Dr. Raminder Badyal

Treatments for Low Back Pain from Dr. Mehmet Oz

As a follow up to my article on “The Proper Treatment for Lower Back Pain”. Dr. Mehmet Oz’s article also outlines what he believes to be treatments fundamental to the proper care of back pain. In the article he clearly endorses the success of chiropractic treatment and the research that has proven it’s success in effectively treating back pain. To read Dr. Oz’s comments please click on this link.

Self Care 101 for Your Back Pain

Once the initial care at the office has started to properly treat your back pain, simultaneously, a complete home care plan has to be initiated to ensure that your pain will be resolved and that it does not return. In “Self Care 101 for Your Back Pain”, I outline the key basic components to successfully maintaining your spine’s health: Click this link to read more.

All the best. -Dr. B.

What Is ``Being Fit``

We have heard people talking about how fit they are or on the other hand the amount of fitness they do in fact lack. The question is what does it mean to be fit? Over the years of seeing patients in the office and teaching in the classroom, I have had firsthand experience observing that the definition of “fit” is certainly flexible in the mind of the beholder. Recently I wrote this article to define in more certain terms what it means to be fit. To read the article please click Read More Here…

All the best, Dr. Badyal

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Dr. Raminder Badyal B.Sc., D.C.

About Dr. Badyal

Dr. Raminder Badyal (Vancouver Chiropractor and Founder of the Downtown Wellness Centre) vision of a multi-disciplinary health care clinic in the heart of Vancouver has evolved into a Wellness Centre that provides excellence in the provision of specialized health services by specialized doctors and practitioners including: chiropractic care, naturopathic medicine, registered massage therapy, acupuncture, clinical counseling, nutritional counseling, life coaching, personal training, kinesiology, custom prescription foot orthotics, prescription compression socks and infra red sauna therapy.

Our first priority is to deliver the highest quality professional health care to our patients within our centre’s welcoming and relaxed setting. The goal of our doctors and therapists is to foster a wonderful working relationship with our patients so that we can meet and exceed their health care goals. Every effort is and will be made by our staff to meet the needs of each of our patients. Please help us improve the health of our community by encouraging friends and family to choose the natural approach to health and wellness.

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