Chiropractic Care

Preventing Stumbles And Falls

“How Correcting Your Posture Can Prevent Stumbles and Falls”

Hello again. This is Dr. Brad and I am a Burlington chiropractor here at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

Last time we learned how postural distortions – Forward Head Posture specifically – can increase the risk of stumbling and falling especially in the elderly population.

And today I would like to explain what measures you can take to prevent this from happening to you.

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Of course, the best way is to never let your posture collapse in the first place but here is what you need to do if you already have bad posture.

The first thing is to have your posture assessed by a Certified Posture Expert and this is where I can help you. And this will probably require an xray of your spine so we can take a real close look at your posture and check for any signs of spinal degenerative arthritis.

And just so you know, there will be no cost to you for xrays as long as you have a health card. Once we determine the extent of your postural collapse, then I will put together a treatment plan for you that will consist of the following 4 components.

First is your chiropractic adjustments, second is spinal traction – both of these happen in the office. Third is reverse posture exercises and the fourth one is using a special spinal orthotic. Both of these you can do in the comfort of your own home at your convenience and I will of course teach you how.

These are the 4 components of the Complete Posture Correction program and should only be prescribed by Certified Posture Experts who have trained specifically with the American Posture Institute such as myself.

To learn more about the Complete Posture Correction program, all you have to do is call me to schedule an appointment for your free initial consultation. Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 5433 and if you have any concerns about your kids posture, yes you can bring them and yes I can check them all at the same time.

It is so very important that everyone have their posture checked. It is free. It is easy. And the only thing it will cost you is a little bit of your time.
Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad At The Burlington Clinic

Posture and Falls

“Here’s How Posture Can Increase The Risk Of Falls In The Elderly”

practor here at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.
Today we are going to learn how postural distortions can increase the risk of stumbling and falling especially in the elderly population.

Remember that postural balance is the ability to maintain yourself upright against gravity during any activity that you may be doing.

Remember too that posture is either good or bad. There is no in-between.

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Good posture is characterized by fluid bodily movements, supple balance against gravity and efficient muscle utilization.

Bad posture on the other hand is dysfunctional movement patterns, a weakened ability to balance oneself and distorted body alignment (postural distortions).

The 2 sub-components of posture are orientation and stabilization. Orientation is the ability to sense where you are in space. Stabilization is the process of stiffening
one part of the body to allow free movement of another part of the body within a normal range of motion.

A fluid combination of orientation and stabilization creates a healthy posture with sturdy balance.

Recall posture quadrant #1 which is your head and cervical spine (neck). One of the most common posture distortion patterns in quadrant #1 is Forward Head Posture (FHP) or tech neck. We have learned about this extensively in the past. This type of posture will cause spinal degenerative arthritis in the neck.

Remember that this is one of the fastest growing health conditions. People with spinal degenerative arthritis in their neck have decreased postural control, increased postural sway, less stability against gravity, decreased body awareness, sensory-motor disturbances and therefore an increased risk of stumbling and falling.

And because FHP and its sequela is one of the most common posture distortion patterns in the elderly population, it is highly contributory to their higher incidence of stumbling and falling.

Next time I am going to teach you what you can do to prevent this from happening but in the meantime, if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me.

Remember that consultations are always free of charge and these also include a free posture check. We offer these as a community service. We have office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and most Saturday mornings.

Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link right on our home page.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

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Posture And Hormones

“Good Posture Equals Good Hormones”

Dr Brad here. I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line and over the past few weeks we have learned how spinal misalignments/subluxations can cause you to have some pretty serious health problems by causing the release of stress hormones into your body.

The specific hormones that we learned about were adrenalin, cortisol and dopa.

Beneficial for you in the short term but can have some nasty effects on your health when they are continuously being released into your body over the long term.

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The reason I thought it was important that you have a clear understanding about this concept is that far too often, people will discontinue their chiropractic care once their symptoms have subsided or they are pain-free. The problem is, once you reach this point only 10% of the problem has been corrected.

The pressure on your nerve tissue which is what causes your symptoms or pain, is only 10% of the problem. What really needs to be addressed and is 90% of the problem, is the subluxation complex and the resulting posture distortions in your spine. This is what floods the sensory cortex part of your brain with that ‘bad information’ which signals your brain to release the stress hormones into your body. And unless the subluxations and posture distortions are corrected, stress hormones will be released on a continual basis.

And one more thing you need to know about the stress hormone cortisol is that when cortisol levels are elevated, it will cause obesity which is an epidemic problem in North America in both children and adults.

So, what chiropractic can offer you that medicine cannot, that physiotherapy cannot and osteopathy cannot is correction of the subluxation complex and your posture. And not all chiropractors can or will do this. They have to be certified in postural correction and this must be what their interest and focus is with their patients. Just so you know.

When you get specific chiropractic adjustments with the intention of correcting the subluxation complex and your posture, some of benefits to you will be less inflammation in your body. You will also feel less achy, less sore and your hormones will be in much better balance. And instead of your body fighting against itself, your body will be at peace with itself. Your body will be working the way it was designed to.

This concludes our discussion on how spinal misalignments can affect your hormones and I hope you have found this information valuable.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your children may have, please call me. Remember that consultations in our office are always free of charge. This also includes a free posture check which we offer as a community service. And we also offer family appointments where we can check your whole family at the same time because subluxations and posture distortions tend to run in families.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build healthy, vibrant, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad at The Burlington Clinic

Damaging Effects Of Stress

“Examples Of The Damaging Effects Of Stress Hormones”


Hello again. Dr Brad here and I am a Burlington chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

Over the past few weeks we have learned how spinal misalignments / subluxations can cause the release of stress hormones inside your body and how this is the real issue that needs to be addressed when you start chiropractic care.

Today we are going to learn more about the 3 stress hormones starting with adrenalin.

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Adrenalin is your fight or flight hormone. Adrenalin puts you into a state of ‘high alert’ and prepares you to take swift and decisive action when you are in a threatening situation.

This is okay in the short term but when adrenalin is being constantly released into your body especially when it shouldn’t be, it is going to increase or elevate your sympathetic tone. With an increased sympathetic tone, you will find it hard to relax and unwind. Increased sympathetic tone will also cause inflammation within your body. This is why so many people are taking anti-inflammatory drugs because you don’t have pain unless you have inflammation.

Cortisol is another stress hormone that we talked about. High levels of cortisol inside your body will impair the function of your immune system and increase wound healing time. Cortisol counteracts insulin and can also cause insulin resistance. Insulin is another important hormone in your body and its job is to regulate your blood sugar. If insulin is low or you are not producing insulin or you are insulin resistant, you will become diabetic. And diabetes is another rapidly growing health problem in North America just like spinal degenerative arthritis.
Dopa is the other hormone we talked about and higher levels of dopa can cause ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) and impulsive behaviours.

Another thing you need to know about adrenalin is that when it is released into your body, the majority of your blood supply is redirected to your brain, heart and skeletal muscles. Remember fight or flight. This okay in the short term but in the long term, the other systems in your body will start to dysfunction because they are not getting proper blood supply. For example, if your immune system starts to dysfunction you will be more susceptible to sickness and disease. If your digestive system starts to dysfunction, you will have digestion and bowel problems. If it’s your reproductive system, you would have fertility issues.

Now I know all of this stuff sounds kind of morbid, but it is something that you absolutely need to know. Because chances are your family doctor is not going to tell you and their solution to most health problems is medication anyway.

What you absolutely need to know even more so is what you can do to prevent this from happening to you and your children and what you can do to have healthy and balanced hormones.
This is what we will learn next time.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me. Remember that consultations are always free of charge which includes a free posture check. We offer this as a community service.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Remember too that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Major Stress Hormones

“Stress Hormones Can Be Very Harmful To Your Health”


Dr Brad again, I am a Burlington chiropractor here at Life Chiropractic Centre and last time we started talking about how spinal misalignments/subluxations flood the sensory cortex part of your brain with bad information.

This bad information results in a stress response in the body which causes your brain to signal the release of 3 major stress hormones; adrenalin, cortisol and dopa.

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In the short term, stress hormones are good. They are actually beneficial for our survival.

But in the long term, the continuous release of stress hormones into your body will eventually kill you.

Our body initially reacts to the bad information by changing posture. And typically we collapse into a forward flexion posture. This is also our protection posture. However, if this posture is not corrected it will continue to flood your brain with bad information.

One of the three stress hormones that are released into your body is adrenalin which is our fight or flight hormone. This hormone also has a huge impact on our sympathetic nerve system. Cortisol in excess amounts shuts down anything good in your body and dopa can affect our behaviour and mental state. We are going to learn more about these next time.

Recall a few months ago when we were learning about posturology. And how spinal misalignments/subluxations cause postural distortions and how postural distortions are the major cause of spinal degenerative arthritis. Spinal degenerative arthritis is a rapidly growing problem and is seen in kids as young as 10 years old. But just like subluxations and postural distortions, spinal degenerative arthritis will also flood your brain with bad information.

This is why it is absolutely critical that everyone has good posture and good spinal hygiene right from an early age.

We will continue with this topic again next but in the meantime if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me.

Consultations on our office are always free of charge which includes a free posture check. We offer this as a community service.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link on our home page.

Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad At The Burlington Clinic.

Hormones and Spinal Misalignments

“Did You Know That
Spinal Misalignments Can
Impact You Hormone Levels?”


Dr Brad again, I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor here at Life Chiropractic Centre and over the next few weeks we are going to learn how spinal misalignments/subluxations can change the chemistry inside your body and affect your hormones.

Two weeks ago we explored the truth about symptoms.

We learned that you can have symptoms which mean that your body is working precisely the way it should and that you can be relatively symptom-free but your body is actually failing inside.

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So we concluded that symptoms are not a very reliable way to gauge or make a determination about your level of health.

Often times when people go to the chiropractor they are in pain. They are having symptoms. Headaches, migraines, neck pain, arm pain, leg pain, back pain … it doesn’t matter. And often times patients will discontinue their chiropractic care once their symptoms have subsided.

The problem with this is that once symptoms have subsided, only 10% of the underlying problem has been corrected. In most cases, symptoms are always the last thing to appear and the first thing to leave.

This is why we take the time to educate our patients about the benefits of following through with corrective chiropractic care. But the choice is always up to you. It is your body. It is your decision.

When you have a subluxation it causes an irritation.

Irritation of the spinal joint and the spinal nerve.

This irritation causes bad information that will be sent back to your brain. This bad information travels up your spinal cord to the sensory cortex part of your brain. And how your sensory cortex reacts to this information is to create a pain response.

So even though your symptoms may have subsided after 2 or 3 weeks of care, the underlying cause of the problem (spinal misalignments/subluxations ) have not been corrected. Not even close.
There are 3 consequences of leaving subluxations uncorrected. One is they cause your posture to continue to collapse. They will also cause the continuous release of stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline and dopa) inside your body, and they will also cause a state of continuous inflammation inside your body.

We are going to dig deeper into these 3 consequences next time, but in the meantime if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your children may have, please call me.

Remember that consultations are always free of charge in our office and this also includes a free posture check. We offer this as a community service.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Remember that good health follows one thing. And that one thing is good posture.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Why Choose Chiropractic

“Your Body Is The Most Intelligent Creation On The Planet”

Hello everyone.

Dr Brad here and I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre.

Over the past few weeks we have learned about the 2 and very different schools of thought regarding health and health care.

And we also explored the truth about symptoms.

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If you are still undecided regarding how you want to manage your health and your children’s health, here are a few facts that you may want to consider.

Heart disease kills about 40,000 Canadians every year. Cancer claims 75,000 lives every year in Canada. Forty thousand Canadians die every year due to adverse drug reactions in the hospital setting and another 40,000 die every year due to adverse drug reactions outside of the hospital setting. So drug reactions claim more lives than both heart disease and cancer. But some experts claim that this statistic is grossly under-reported and there are actually a lot more drug-related casualties. But this is not a surprise because some people do not want you to know certain things.

According to Harvard University, here are the top 7 most dangerous drugs; sleeping pills, cholesterol drugs, blood pressure drugs, Alzheimer’s drugs, arthritis drugs ( including over-the-counter NSAID’s), diabetes drugs and chemotherapy. Just be aware in case you take any of these.

It is important to understand that drugs do not move you towards health. They may be necessary if you have an emergency or you are in a health crisis, but they are not health care. The same thing goes for surgery. Surgery does not move you towards health. It may be necessary if you have an emergency or a health crisis, but it is not health care. Think back when we talked about ‘adding’ and ‘subtracting’. Did this concept really make sense to you?

It is scientific fact that your nerve system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) control every cell, tissue, gland, organ, and muscle in your body. And you don’t even have to think about it. In order for your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, your stomach to digest your food, your liver to filter your blood, your pancreas to regulate your blood sugar, and even for you to comprehend what you are reading right now, one thing has to happen.

And that one thing is your brain – through your spinal cord and nerves – has to effectively communicate with the rest of your body. This also includes your immune system which by the way, has the capacity to kill off every dangerous pathogen known to man including cancer.

And in order for your brain to effectively communicate with the rest of your body, it is imperative that you have minimal subluxations (spinal misalignments), minimal spinal degenerative arthritis and optimal posture. And as a chiropractor and posture expert, this is what I can offer you.

So, I am going to leave you with one question, and that is: where is your faith going to lie? In a pill bottle, a scalpel, a syringe? Or in the human body – your own body – which is by far the most intelligent creation on this planet.

If you have any questions on this topic, or any other health concerns you may have or your children may have, please call me. Consultations in our office are always free of charge. This also includes a free posture check which we offer as a community service.

Our phone number here is Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link on our home page.

Always remember that good posture and good health are always by design and never by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book a Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad at the Burlington Clinic

Symptoms Clarified

“Symptoms Are Not Always a Good Way to Judge Your Level of Heath”

Dr Brad here and I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre and over the last couple of weeks we have learned about the 2 different schools of thought regarding health and health care.

Today I would like to talk about ‘symptoms’.

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There is a lot of confusion about symptoms, and people get all caught up in their symptoms and start getting shots, and taking anti-biotics and all kinds of medication without really understanding what symptoms are.

First of all, not all symptoms mean you are sick.

Let’s take food poisoning for example. You eat some bad food, you get food poisoning and a few hours later you are throwing up. Now you may perceive this as being ‘sick’ but in fact quite the opposite is true. Your body reacted the way it was supposed to. The healthy response to food poisoning is for your body to identify the poison and then take the appropriate measures to get rid of it.

And what about swollen tonsils and a sore throat? Again, you may perceive this as being sick but your tonsils responded in a healthy way. They kept the bad germs from going deeper into your throat, bronchial tubes and chest. This is what tonsils are supposed to do.

And no one said that being healthy means you are going to be symptom-free and no one said that symptoms are going to be a pleasant experience.

Now, just because you do not have any symptoms may not mean you are healthy either. Did you know that 40% of the time your first symptom of heart disease is a fatal heart attack? (This is a Canadian statistic.) So, were you truly healthy for the 15 to 20 years it took the heart disease to develop to the point where it caused the fatal event?

And cancer doctors tell us it takes 2 to 5 years for 1 single, tiny little cancer cell to grow to the size of a pea in a woman’s breast tissue. And most women would say they felt perfectly fine during this 2 to 5 year period but were they truly healthy inside?

And you and I both have heard of stories of people who were supposedly really, really healthy and suddenly drop dead of a heart attack or get diagnosed with cancer and 6 months later they are gone.

When it comes to subluxations and posture distortions, these will only cause pain or other symptoms inside your body 10% of the time! This means that 90% of the time you can have a subluxation and/or posture distortion and not even know it.

So, once you can wrap your head around symptoms and understand that symptoms or lack thereof are not a prudent way to judge your level of heath or your kids level of health, you have truly made a quantum leap in understanding health and hence your choices for health care.

We are going to wrap this up next time, but in the meantime if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me. Remember that consultations are always free of charge as are posture checks. We do this as a community service.

Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link on our homepage.

Good posture and good health is always by design and never by circumstance.

Click Here To Book a Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

The Body Is Perfect

“Two Different Schools of Thought
About Health – Part 2”

Last week we learned about a school of thought regarding health and health care which was the basic doctrine of medicine.

Today we will learn about a second school of thought which is the belief that our bodies were created fundamentally perfect.

And our nerve system (brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves) is the master controller of every function and every part of our body.

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And that our bodies do possess the capacity to regulate themselves and do possess the capacity to heal themselves.

For example, our bodies can manufacture about 68,000 different chemicals and drugs in the exact right formulation and quantity, delivered the exact right place and the exact right time that you need them.

Our bodies can also control and coordinate 37.2 trillion (37.2 + 12 zero’s) every second of every minute of every day of our lives and this all happens without our conscious thought. And the reason why is because this is the job of the nerve system – our master controller – and it will happen perfectly all of the time provided there is no interference to its function.

Remember that what can interfere with the function of our master controller is a subluxation and resulting postural distortions. Postural distortions will compress your spinal cord and spinal nerves which will slow down the flow of your nerve impulses.

Organ and tissue function will then slow down and the body will fall into a state of dis-ease (lack of harmony).

When the body is in a state of dis-ease for prolonged periods, it will then start to dysfunction. And when body parts start to dysfunction, they then become symptomatic. As you can see, a lot of things have to happen before symptoms begin to appear.

This is where we will pick it up next time but in the meantime, if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your children may have, please call me.

Remember that consultations are always free of charge which also includes a free posture check. We offer this as a community service.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad At The Burlington Clinic

The Body Is Flawed

“Two Different Schools of Thought On Health Care”

Dr Brad Ivanchuk is a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor and is founder and owner of Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1986.

He is also a canfitpro certified Personal Training Specialist and a Certified Posture Expert with the American Posture Institute. He is currently studying Postural Neurology. Life Chiropractic Centre is a family chiropractic and postural correction facility.

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Over the next few weeks I am going to help you understand the two very different schools of thought when it comes to health and health care.

As a parent myself, I think it is so very important that you are absolutely 100 % crystal clear which one you choose to live your life by, because you are ultimately teaching your children and even your children’s children to do the same.

And the reason I want to do this is because it has been my observation after doing what I do for over 30 years that we live in a world of fear.

Fear of germs.

Fear of sicknesses and diseases.

There are also too many dangerous interventions in my opinion and there are way too many people suffering needlessly.

And this unfortunately also includes children.

One school of thought is that our bodies were created fundamentally flawed; that it is incompetent and possesses very little capacity to regulate itself and very little capacity to heal itself.

Because every time something is wrong, such as a fever or a headache or swollen tonsils and adenoids or digestive upset or high blood pressure or any other symptom, our course of action is to either put something into our body or to take something out of our body.

This is done in attempt to achieve some higher order of competent function.

So the thinking here is that by adding various medications, antibiotics, vaccines and flu shots or subtracting swollen tonsils and adenoids (in our example), we are making our bodies better, we are making them healthier and we are then moving towards health.

Next time we will learn about the other school of thought regarding health and healthcare, but what I would like you to do until then is to really think about what we learned today.

Does this resonate with you? Is this something you truly, truly believe inside your own heart?

If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your children may have, please call me.

Remember that consultations are always free of charge and this also includes a posture check. We offer this as a community service.

Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.

Life Chiropractic Centre …. Helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington.

Click Here To Book A Free Initial Consultation With Dr. Brad

Dr. Brad’s Credentials

– Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto

– Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

– Certified Personal Training Specialist, Canfitpro

– Certified Posture Expert, American Posture Institute

– Certified Postural Neurologist, American Posture Institute

Dr Brad Ivanchuk is a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor and is founder and owner of Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.

Life Chiropractic Centre is a family chiropractic and postural correction facility.

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