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At Vaughan Chi­ro­prac­tic our goal is to offer the best, most thor­ough, most advanced chi­ro­prac­tic care available.

Fam­ily Wellness

Preg­nancy

Chi­ro­prac­tic care is essen­tial for the preg­nant mother. Her sys­tems and organs are now pro­vid­ing for two and their opti­mal func­tion is crit­i­cal for the baby’s healthy devel­op­ment. The mother’s spine and pelvis under­goes many changes and adap­ta­tions to com­pen­sate for the grow­ing baby and the risk of inter­fer­ence to her ner­vous sys­tem is increased. Spe­cific chi­ro­prac­tic care through­out preg­nancy works with enhanc­ing ner­vous sys­tem func­tion pro­vid­ing greater health poten­tial for both the mother and baby.

Another impor­tant rea­son for care through­out preg­nancy is to help estab­lish bal­ance in the mother’s pelvis. Because of a life­time of stress and trauma to her spine and pelvis, her pelvic open­ing may be com­pro­mised, result­ing in a less than opti­mum pas­sage for the baby. Williams Obstet­rics Text tells us that, “Any con­trac­tion of the pelvic diam­e­ters that dimin­ish the capac­ity of the pelvis can cre­ate dys­to­cia (dif­fi­culty) dur­ing labor.” They fur­ther state that the diam­e­ter of the woman’s pelvis is decreased when the sacrum is dis­placed. Dr. Abra­ham Tow­bin, med­ical researcher on birth tells us that the bony pelvis may become “deformed” this way by trauma. Chi­ro­prac­tors define this displacement/​defor­ma­tion as spinal mis­align­ment or sub­lux­a­tion pri­mar­ily caused by the stress of trauma.

Addi­tion­ally, these com­pen­sa­tions to her spine and pelvis dur­ing preg­nancy are likely to cause an imbal­ance to her pelvic mus­cles and lig­a­ments. The woman’s pelvis sup­ports her grow­ing uterus with spe­cific lig­a­ments. When the pelvic bones are bal­anced, the uterus is able to enlarge sym­met­ri­cally with the grow­ing baby. If the bones of the pelvis are out of align­ment or sub­lux­ated, this will directly affect the way the uterus will be sup­ported. Unequal lig­a­ment sup­port of the uterus will torque the uterus reduc­ing the max­i­mum amount of room for the devel­op­ing baby. The term used to describe this is intrauter­ine constraint.

In some cases, this con­straint restricts the baby’s posi­tions dur­ing preg­nancy adversely affect­ing his/​her devel­op­ing spine and cra­nium. Addi­tion­ally, these lim­i­ta­tions on the baby’s move­ment dur­ing preg­nancy may pre­vent him/​her from get­ting into the best pos­si­ble posi­tion for birth. Any birth posi­tion other than the ideal ver­tex, occiput ante­rior posi­tion of the baby indi­cates the inhibit­ing effects of con­straint. Such posi­tions lead to longer more painful labors with increased med­ical inter­ven­tions in birth. Often c-​sections are resorted to and both the mother and baby miss the many ben­e­fits of a nat­ural vagi­nal birth.

The Web­ster Tech­nique, dis­cov­ered by Dr. Larry Web­ster, founder of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion, is one such spe­cific chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ment for preg­nant moth­ers. Work­ing to cor­rect sacral sub­lux­a­tions, this tech­nique bal­ances pelvic mus­cles and lig­a­ments in the woman’s pelvis, removes con­straint and allows the baby to get into the best pos­si­ble posi­tion for birth. Dr. Web­ster instructed many Doc­tors of Chi­ro­prac­tic in this tech­nique and their com­bined results showed a high suc­cess rate in allow­ing babies in the breech posi­tion to go into the nor­mal head down or ver­tex posi­tion. Because of its abil­ity to facil­i­tate eas­ier, safer deliv­er­ies for both the mother and baby, many birth care providers are actively seek­ing Doc­tors of Chi­ro­prac­tic with the skills in this technique.

Chi­ro­prac­tic care through­out preg­nancy allows for health­ier func­tion of the mother and baby. Spe­cific tech­niques tai­lored to preg­nant moth­ers cre­ate bal­ance in the mother’s pelvic bones and there­fore reduce the pos­si­bil­ity of intrauter­ine con­straint. Offer­ing the baby the abil­ity to get into the best pos­si­ble posi­tion for birth leads to an eas­ier and safer deliv­ery for both the mother and baby. Seek­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care early in preg­nancy is a safe, effec­tive way to sup­port the nat­ural process of birthing.

Birth

A woman’s body is exquis­itely designed to con­ceive, nur­ture, and birth another human being. After con­cep­tion, a woman and unborn child will unite in an oceanic blend of energy and iden­tity… where one ends and the other begins no one knows.

A woman becomes a par­ent at the moment of con­cep­tion. Every deci­sion made from that moment on will affect her unborn child in some way. In order for her influ­ence to have a pos­i­tive affect, a woman must be pre­pared to make edu­cated and informed deci­sions con­cern­ing the foods she will con­sume, the thoughts and images she will imprint on her baby’s devel­op­ing brain, and the birth model she will embrace – tech­no­log­i­cal, holis­tic, or human­is­tic. A female child spends her entire early life prepar­ing for the pos­si­bil­ity of moth­er­hood so she can inad­ver­tently make those decisions.

Dur­ing child­hood, a young girl learns to par­ent by exam­ple. She watches her mother and records sub­con­sciously what she observes. Later, a teenage girl pre­pares her body for moth­er­hood. With­out her con­scious knowl­edge, a teenager stores some of the nutri­ents she con­sumes to insure she has the build­ing blocks to form a body for future chil­dren. For exam­ple, she must con­sume folic acid to pre­vent birth defects; essen­tial fatty acids to build the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem and periph­eral nerves of a future embryo; and cal­cium for future fetal bone growth. Nature does its best to insure that a woman is pre­pared for par­ent­ing, but the forces of nature are not enough if she is not an active par­tic­i­pant. Her body can not store what she does not con­sume. Con­se­quently, we must edu­cate our young girls early on about the con­cept of prepar­ing their bod­ies for conception.

Con­ceiv­ing and nur­tur­ing the unborn child are only two of the most impor­tant con­cepts we must teach future par­ents. Entrusted with the guardian­ship of a new life, a preg­nant mother must also learn that all deci­sions sur­round­ing her preg­nancy, labor, and deliv­ery should be based on knowl­edge and con­fi­dence rather than fear or impa­tience. There­fore, one of the most impor­tant con­cepts a par­ent must edu­cate her­self about is the birth model she will choose to adopt.

There are three basic philo­soph­i­cal mod­els that a preg­nant par­ent may choose from. The first and most com­monly adopted is the tech­no­cratic model. In this par­a­digm, a par­ent accepts that the human body func­tions like a machine. Rob­bie Davis-​Floyd in Birth As An Amer­i­can Rite of Pas­sage demon­strates how this model, which is the foun­da­tion of mod­ern obstet­rics, views the female body as unpre­dictable and inher­ently defec­tive. Con­se­quently, it may mal­func­tion at any time. The basic tenet of this model of birth holds that some degree of inter­ven­tion is nec­es­sary in all births. Women who embrace the tech­no­cratic model enter the birthing room believ­ing that sci­ence is there to take care of them and save them from the pain and anguish of childbirth.

On the oppo­site end of the spec­trum is the holis­tic model. Within this par­a­digm of birth, the fam­ily is the sig­nif­i­cant social unit instead of the hos­pi­tal. Under the holis­tic model, the human body is a liv­ing organ­ism with its own innate wis­dom, an energy field con­stantly respond­ing to all other energy fields. Female phys­i­o­log­i­cal processes, includ­ing birth, are healthy and safe and need no med­ical inter­ven­tion. Under this model, the mother’s men­tal and emo­tional atti­tudes affect her per­for­mance dur­ing birth, as do the beliefs and actions of the part­ner. It is almost impos­si­ble for a par­ent who adopts the holis­tic par­a­digm to deliver within the hos­pi­tal envi­ron­ment because of the inher­ent insti­tu­tional man­age­ment of birth asso­ci­ated with the tech­no­cratic approach.

In-​between these two dia­met­ri­cally opposed mod­els of birth lie the human­is­tic model. When adopt­ing this par­a­digm, a mother believes she is an indi­vid­ual and must be treated as such. She believes she has the right to pro­mote shared decision-​making and respon­si­bil­ity for all aspects of the birth process. This model views the par­ent holis­ti­cally while remain­ing open to the use of tech­nol­ogy if applied judi­ciously. When a preg­nant par­ent adopts a human­is­tic model, she sur­rounds her­self with lov­ing peo­ple who are will­ing to assist her by walk­ing with her, rub­bing her back, help­ing her move in and out of the bath, hold­ing her, encour­ag­ing her, and pro­vid­ing sup­port for any deci­sion she makes. Her birth may occur either in the home, a birthing cen­ter, or a hos­pi­tal if she has a birth atten­dant who also adopts the human­is­tic model.

Before women can make deci­sions con­cern­ing which birth model best suits her own philo­soph­i­cal beliefs, she must know that she has sev­eral options. As a pro­fes­sion, we must edu­cate our­selves and our patients about the two mod­els that are most suited to our vital­is­tic belief sys­tem. If we all learn how to honor the inher­ent wis­dom of women and devel­op­ing new­borns, we can have a pos­i­tive impact on the men­tal, phys­i­cal, and spir­i­tual growth and devel­op­ment of the next generation.

By Carol Phillips D.C.
Hands of Love: Illus­trated with more than 150 emo­tion­ally charged, color pho­tographs of chi­ro­prac­tic fam­i­lies wit­ness­ing the mir­a­cle of birth, “Hands of Love,” Dr Phillips’ book can be bor­rowed from Vaughan Chiropractic’s lend­ing library.

Infancy

You do every­thing to ensure your baby’s health dur­ing preg­nancy: you eat right, avoid drugs, smok­ing and drink­ing, take child­birth classes so you can have a nat­ural, drug-​free birth. After the baby is born, you breast­feed know­ing that is the supe­rior form of nutri­tion; you do every­thing you can to make sure your baby is healthy —- but have you had the most impor­tant part of their health, their spine and ner­vous sys­tem, checked?

Birth Trauma – The First Subluxation:“The birth process…is poten­tially a trau­matic, crip­pling event…mechanical stress imposed by obstet­ri­cal manip­u­la­tion. Even the appli­ca­tion of stan­dard ortho­dox pro­ce­dures may prove intol­er­a­ble to the fetus. The view has been expressed clin­i­cally that most signs of neona­tal injury observed in the deliv­ery room are neu­ro­log­i­cal…” Tow­bin A., Latent spinal cord and brain stem injury in new­born infants. Develop. Med. Child Neu­rol., 1969.

With the birth process becom­ing more and more an inter­ven­ing procedure.…the chi­ro­prac­tic checkup becomes even more impor­tant to the child’s future.” Larry Web­ster, DC, of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Association.

Of a ran­dom group of 1,250 babies exam­ined 5 days after birth, 211 suf­fered from vom­it­ing, hyper­ac­tiv­ity and sleep­less­ness and spinal abnor­mal­i­ties were found in 95% of this group. Spinal adjust­ment “fre­quently resulted in imme­di­ate qui­et­ing, ces­sa­tion of cry­ing, mus­cu­lar relax­ation and sleepi­ness.” The authors noted that an unhealthy spine causes “many clin­i­cal fea­tures from cen­tral motor impair­ment to lower resis­tance to infec­tions, espe­cially ear, nose and throat infections.”

When does a Baby need a Spinal Checkup? The fol­low­ing times in a baby’s first year of life when spinal exam­i­na­tions are espe­cially important:

  • After the birth process.
  • When the baby starts to hold his/​her head up.
  • When the baby sits up.
  • When the baby starts to crawl.
  • When the baby starts to stand.
  • When the baby starts to walk.

Our chil­dren deserve to be treated nat­u­rally, not with dan­ger­ous chem­i­cal drugs and unproven surg­eries” Bobby Doscher, DC, direc­tor of Okla­haven Children’s Center.

Do all you can to give your baby the best pos­si­ble chance to have a healthy life. That includes child­birth with­out trauma, avoid­ance of drugs and med­ical pro­ce­dures, and breast­feed­ing. You have your baby’s eyes checked, heart checked, ears checked —- why not their spine and ner­vous system?

Child­hood

Chil­dren are con­stantly putting stress on their spine and nerve sys­tems. The aver­age child by the age of 5 has 200 major falls; on the stairs, off their bicy­cle, out of a tree house or learn­ing how to skate. Chil­dren spend many hours at their desks at school and carry back­packs with heavy text­books. Many of them play sports, have addi­tional falls, or sit in awk­ward posi­tions while play­ing video games or using the com­puter. Click here to learn about some spe­cific well­ness top­ics for children.

Adult­hood

As we age, uncor­rected spinal mis­align­ment can lead to a sig­nif­i­cant increase in the rate of spinal decay. Sci­en­tific research shows that rate can increase by up to 300%! Other research shows that per­ma­nent spinal dam­age can occur within days of a mis­aligned spine. As an adult, the stresses of life are even greater. The phys­i­cal stress still remains – hours of dri­ving, sit­ting at a desk while work­ing, hunched over assem­bling parts, twist­ing to backup a fork­lift and even hob­bies at home. At this time in our lives, men­tal and emo­tional stress plays a much big­ger role. The stress and worry many peo­ple expe­ri­ence causes them to be sicker and inevitably kills them pre­ma­turely. This can come from a vari­ety of areas – doing a job that is unful­fill­ing, a sep­a­ra­tion or divorce, a sick fam­ily mem­ber or con­stant worry about finances. Another area of spine and nerve stress is through toxic chem­i­cals; those found in water, pes­ti­cides on our pro­duce, processed and refined foods, excess alco­hol intake and smok­ing are just a few on the long list.

The way we eat, move and think deter­mines how healthy we’ll be now and for many years into the future. The new proac­tive health model is far supe­rior to the old way of think­ing, i.e. wait until a prob­lem arises and then try to react to it to sal­vage health. At Ancaster Fam­ily Chi­ro­prac­tic we want to help you ful­fill the vision you have for your life. We want you to be fully alive now, and for many years to come.

Howard Thur­man cap­tured vision for our lives this way:
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is peo­ple who have come alive.

Seniors

More and more seniors are enjoy­ing the remark­able ben­e­fits of chi­ro­prac­tic care as part of their healthy lifestyle.

An grow­ing body of research is extolling the health ben­e­fits of chi­ro­prac­tic care for seniors. And this is back­ing up the out­stand­ing results that patient after patient is see­ing under chi­ro­prac­tic care.

One such study looked at a large group of seniors over the age of 65 under chi­ro­prac­tic care main­tain­ing their spine healthy for 5 years or longer. When com­par­ing these seniors to oth­ers not get­ting chi­ro­prac­tic, remark­ably some major health dif­fer­ences appeared.

The chi­ro­prac­tic seniors saw their med­ical doc­tor only half as often and they took nearly 70% less drugs. Less than a third! 96% of the chi­ro­prac­tic patients believed their care to be either ‘con­sid­er­ably’ or ‘extremely’ valuable.

Another study looked at a large group of seniors over the age of 75 under chi­ro­prac­tic well­ness care over a period of time. Com­par­ing them to the aver­ages for peo­ple their age, the chi­ro­prac­tic seniors showed some impres­sive advan­tages. 87% were much more likely to rank their health sta­tus as good to excellent.

Chi­ro­prac­tic patients reported fewer health prob­lems, less ill­ness, less arthri­tis symp­toms, used sig­nif­i­cantly less med­ica­tion. They were more likely to exer­cise reg­u­larly and were much more active in their communities.

It’s all about qual­ity of life.

The seniors under chi­ro­prac­tic care were also less likely to be hos­pi­tal­ized or to end up in nurs­ing homes.

Other stud­ies have shown tremen­dous ben­e­fit to the immune sys­tem for peo­ple under chi­ro­prac­tic care, regard­less of age.

A 200400% stronger immune sys­tem is a vital key for the health of peo­ple of all ages… espe­cially seniors.

As we get older, does it make more sense just to add the years to our life, or can we choose to add some more life to our years. Health is a choice… qual­ity of life is a choice. At any age you get to choose. Make the choice for a health­ier you.

Well­ness Programs

Eat.Move.Sleep.Think Well Work­shops

Your health is the direct man­i­fes­ta­tion of how you choose to eat, move, and think.

In order to be well, you must eat well, move well, and think well.

Vaughan Chi­ro­prac­tic pro­vides the instruc­tion, coach­ing, and inspi­ra­tion for WHAT to do, HOW to do it, and HOW to EMPOWER YOUR­SELF to do it — EAS­ILY, GRAD­U­ALLY, and COM­FORT­ABLY, in monthly workshops.

These work­shops are a sta­ple at Vaughan Chi­ro­prac­tic. Sched­uled on the last Wednes­day of every month. Pick and choose which work­shops you would like to attend, and call to reg­is­ter 9058500909.

Com­mu­nity Out­reach

We are con­stantly try­ing to reach out to our com­mu­nity through var­i­ous ini­tia­tives. You may see us at com­mu­nity events pro­vid­ing free spinal health check­ups or com­pli­men­tary health work­shops. So many of our fam­ily mem­bers and friends are sick and suf­fer­ing that we will con­tinue to teach and edu­cate as much as we can. Some work­shop top­ics include: nutri­tion, exer­cise, stress man­age­ment, time man­age­ment, and health orientation.

How to Book a Work­shop for your Com­pany or other Group:
Com­pli­men­tary work­shop times are avail­able at var­i­ous times through­out the week. Pro­gram dura­tion can vary depend­ing on the needs of your group, but typ­i­cally last 3060 min­utes. We can speak to your book club, church group, work­place (great for increased pro­duc­tiv­ity), civic club, team, or school class. Email us your request so we can come speak to your group!

Cus­tom Foot Orthotics

A cus­tom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatom­i­cally effi­cient posi­tion. They look like insoles, but are bio­me­chan­i­cal med­ical appli­ances that are cus­tom made to cor­rect your spe­cific foot imbal­ance. Cus­tom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes — they reduce stress and strain on your body by bring­ing your feet back into proper align­ment. The plas­tic body of the cus­tom orthotic helps to re-​align the foot by redi­rect­ing and reduc­ing cer­tain motion that takes place dur­ing the gait cycle.

Vaughan Chi­ro­prac­tic pro­vides cus­tom orthotics and footwear from the Orthotic Group and Var­i­fit cus­tom orthotic and footwear lab­o­ra­to­ries. We pre­scribe cus­tom foot orthotics and cus­tom foot orthotic shoes based on indi­vid­ual needs. The orthotics are for all walks of life, includ­ing chil­dren, adults, senoirs and a cus­tom sports­flex line for athletes.

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Our Address:
8383 Weston Rd, #108 (Langstaff & Weston Rd)
Vaughan, ON, Canada L4L 1A6

Phone: 905 8500909
Chi­ro­prac­tic Hours:
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