July 6, 2016

The Art Of Reappraisal: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Anger

Anger is a part of life, just like stress, disappointment, failure, and the plethora of positive emotions that exist at the other end of the scale. However, anger is often an emotion we don’t know how to handle well. What’s the best course of action? Fight anger with anger? Vent? Suppress? Reappraise? Neuroscience has a little something to say on the matter. According to Time Magazine, some typical responses to anger or negative emotion are actually both unhelpful and unhealthy. “Suppressing anger is rarely a good idea,” says Barker [1]. “You can bottle up your feelings and not look angry. […]
June 30, 2016

Communication And Context: How They Impact Decision Making

Part 3: Influence literature series As thoroughly evolved humans with fully functioning prefrontal cortexes, we like to think we are in control of our decisions. We like to believe that, even when it comes to the minutiae of life, we’re thinking things through and coming to our own conclusions. Behavioral economist and researcher Dan Ariely has something to say about that though. Many factors, several of them subconscious, play into our financial, medical and purchasing decisions. In fact, he calls the human race ‘predictably irrational [1].’ Upon first reading that term, you might think ‘gee thanks.’ In truth, Ariely’s research […]
June 24, 2016

Combining 2 Passions to Raise Funds

Dr Rob is a guy with a vision to bring together two things he loves – chiropractic and endurance sports – to “show his support for the important work the Foundation does”. We’re so excited to follow his journey and watch him participate in an amazing 4 day ultramarathon event in the Northern Territory. The Run Larapinta Stage Race is a race through some of the most beautiful scenery that Australia has to offer.  Rob began training for triathlons at the age of 13 in his home town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland in Canada, and it quickly became his passion. […]
June 23, 2016

Studies Find Opiods Often Ineffective For Back Pain 

Every now and then a study comes along that makes you smile and think “Ah, I knew it!” This one landed quietly in JAMA Internal Medicine while we were all looking the other way. The New York Times did a tiny little blog piece on it, but for the most part, the world didn’t know the results of studies looking at nearly 8,000 participants that found opioids are often ineffective for back pain [1].   This is a little piece of evidence that points to something we have strongly suspected for quite a while: you can’t just mask back pain. You’ve got to address what’s causing it.  The study was a meta-analysis collating […]
June 20, 2016

What Sort Of Chiropractor Are You?

 
June 9, 2016

Just Published, Ground-Breaking Results: Chiropractic And Pelvic Floor Control

Story at a glance:  Adjusting pregnant women appears to relax the pelvic floor muscles at rest. This may mean that chiropractic care could be of benefit to pregnant women, as it may help them have a natural vaginal delivery. The pelvic floor muscles have active roles in pregnancy and childbirth, as well as in spinal stabilisation.  When the pelvic floor muscles are damaged or stressed over time, health issues like incontinence and vaginal prolapses can crop up, which are problems with massive emotional, physical, social and financial costs across the world and a significant cause of stress for these women. The primary findings […]
June 8, 2016

The Law Of Reciprocity

Part 1: The Influence Literature Series “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place,” said George Bernard Shaw. He wasn’t wrong either. The art of effective communication is something that takes time, practice and research. For the chiropractic profession, it’s a pursuit that seems to be becoming increasingly important in the information age.   Chiropractor Martin Harvey has spent a lot of time looking into the art of influence, and believes much wisdom can be gleaned from what he calls the influence literature: the combined wisdom of behavioral economists, psychologists, and marketing specialists applied to […]
June 3, 2016

Science Says “Eat Your Spinach”  

One of life’s great ironies is that the advancement of research often proves that, old wives tales notwithstanding, the sensible wisdom of old can be right on the money. The latest to be proven is the reason why we should be eating our spinach – a phrase many of us wouldn’t have heard since childhood when a parent weilded Popeye comics as an often ill-fated attempt to make us finish our greens. A recent study emerging from Japan has revealed that spinach may actually help protect our eyes from macular degeneration [1].  This study is significant as macular degeneration is […]
June 2, 2016

Concussion: The Movie, The Health Issue, The Reason We Should Be A Little More Concerned

It happens to boxers and football players. It even happens to most children over the course of childhood. It is the simple concussion. For many years, this hasn’t been a hot topic, but a new movie is shining a little light on what can happen when this occurs repetitively. “Concussion – the movie,” stars Hollywood heavy-weight Will Smith and is a dramatised account of Dr. Bennett Omalu who first shone the light on what was happening to American Football players as a result of repetitive concussions.   The movie has already attracted a number of awards and nominations, with some calling […]
May 31, 2016

Iodine: Research Reveals Supplementation Paradox 

Iodine is a powerful element needed for the production of thyroid hormone, that it helps synthesize the hormones that regulate metabolism. Without it, the thyroid can’t function properly. Many of us are also aware that there’s an iodine deficiency problem in certain regions. There are actually estimates that up to 40% of the world’s population is iodine deficient.  According to Dr David Brownstein, an author, physician and practitioner of holistic medicine, the problem could be far greater than the thyroid function of 40% of the population. “I’ve been interested in the use of iodine for approximately the last 20 years,” […]
May 26, 2016

Sleep Is Important In Detoxifying The Brain

Story at a glance:  As sleep continues, CSF floods the brain bathing each and every cell in the brain. The brain cells themselves shrink, in order to increase the space between the cells. This gave the CSF more surface area to cover. The clearance of amyloid-beta (a protein produced by brain cells) is much more rapid in the sleeping brain. A build up of amyloid-beta is what is thought to be one of the key elements in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. We all know we need it and we know we don’t function well without it but neuroscientists have […]
May 24, 2016

Data Backs The Connection Between Emotional And Physical Health 

One of the foundational concepts of chiropractic is the connection between the brain and the body. This notion that the brain and body affect each other in profound ways is cemented into our everyday practice. Yet for the most part, western medicine has been a little slower to embrace the connection between mental, emotional and physical health. Therefore, it’s encouraging that more and more recent studies are starting to show a high correlation between emotional distress and primary care visits.   It’s hardly shocking information for us in chiropractic, which has always espoused the holistic nature of the body, and the […]
May 19, 2016

Self-Compassion May Help Fight Inflammation 

A study recently published in the Journal of Brain, Behaviour and Immunity reveals an interesting link between our view of ourselves and our levels of interleukin-6, a pro-inflammatory cytokine instrumental in the human inflammatory response.  The study took 41 healthy, adult participants and exposed them to some psychosocial stressors that most of us find pretty nerve-wracking: maths and public speaking. After performing the tasks, all undertaken in front of judges, their blood was drawn and analysed for the presence of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-6 [1]. The findings were interesting: “It turned out that the group with the highest measured levels […]
May 17, 2016

The Impact Of Screen Time On Children 

In many ways, today’s child is growing up in a vastly different world to that of their parents. The majority of us who spent our childhoods prior to the advent of technology grew up in a world that was rich in play, imagination, activity and nature. It was low on tech and high on all things sensory. If we dreamed of being a chef, we ‘baked mud pies.’ If we dreamed of being an explorer, our backyard was transformed into an untamed wilderness in the world of our imagination. If we dreamed of being a princess, we raided the dress […]
May 12, 2016

Neurological Snapshot Of The Subluxation

Story at-a-glance  Negative thoughts result in a heightened sympathetic nervous system. They also increase the tone of the accessory muscles of respiration, affect the head position and the cervical spine and cause vestibular compensation. So, if someone has forward head posture, fixated upper costals, and subluxations throughout their spine, it could affect their respiration, heart rate, and digestive secretions. Adverse stress shifts the focus to a more negative health outcome, with an increase in muscle tone that alters normal joint function – what we call a subluxation. Subluxation can represent the downstream manifestation of negative or adverse stress. As chiropractors, we are driven to find out […]
May 10, 2016

Justifying Your Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate Is Good For The Brain 

Story at-a-glance New research reveals that chocolate consumption has benefits to cognitive function. Benefits can include visual-spatial memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning and working memory. Eating the right type of chocolate matters. So you pack your food with high quality fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. You buy the meat that’s been fed the right kind of feed, and you stay away from highly processed foods or anything laden with food additives or sugars. But you’ve still got this one Achilles heel – you just can’t resist the pull of chocolate.  Stress less, friend! You are not alone and, as […]
May 10, 2016

Could Fluoridated Water Be A Neuro-Nasty Contributing to Cognitive Disorders? Harvard Says Yes

Story at-a-glance Since a 2006 study linked flouridated water to lowered IQ levels in children, Harvard researchers have long held concerns around flouridated water and neurotoxicity. A newer study from Grandjean and Landrigan looks at flouride and cognitive disorders such as ADHD, Autism and Dyslexia. There appears to be cause for concern, prompting the researchers to urge a new framework of action surrounding flouride and other neurotoxic substances Fluoride was introduced to water supplies decades ago as a method of battling tooth decay. Since being introduced to Beaconsfield, Tasmania in 1953, the use of fluoride in drinking water has crept […]
May 5, 2016

Communicating Chiropractic Through Research

Story at-a-glance  Social media and the internet is making it increasingly easy to access information, both good and bad. This is one reason why it’s more important than ever to pair quality chiropractic research with strong communication skills. Research is helping us understand the underlying mechanisms of chiropractic, so that we can confidently say why and how it works. Communicating these findings, and empowering chiropractors to do the same, is a key focus of newly established Haavik Research. On the day we first sent the Spinal Research blog live, we ran a piece on “Communicating Beyond Pain” with Brandi MacDonald. […]