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Just Like a Car, You need a Tune-Up

Compression Stress of Spine - Chiropractic Assessment

Your body is a moving machine, and like a car, is built to go about ”250,000 km”. With the right genetics and care, a few cars can go “300,000 km”. We can think of the spine as the chassis or carriage and the hips and shoulders as the wheels. The spine should remain in a neutral and strong position, and the hips and shoulders should be flexible and strong through its entire range of motion. Finally, like cars, we need repairs, alignment adjustments and maintenance in order to prevent bigger problems.

Unlike cars, we get around in the upright position (unless you are swimming) with our spines designed to best deal with compression loads. When in good posture, we experience mostly compression stress, but when in bad posture, we incur more shearing stress on our spinal joints, tendons and ligaments. This occurs in both static (sitting and standing) and dynamic postures. Essentially, bad posture equates to banging in a bent nail, resulting in pain and recurring injuries, add stress and breakdown occurs even faster.

Other factors which affect alignment include psychological state, energy levels, exercise and daily postures, previous injuries, weight and genetic predisposition and vulnerability.

Your shoulders hips knees and ankle should all be aligned and sit directly on top of each other and all vertical and horizontal planes are straight. If all your joints are aligned, then your head    sits properly on top of your shoulders and muscle strength and length will be even from side to side and front to back.

What affects alignment? Unresolved injury, chronic poor posture postural stress causing muscular strength and length imbalance, genetics (ex. short leg) and sitting or standing for long periods of time.

To help fix poor alignment see a good chiropractor, as they are trained to be a ‘human body mechanic’ and learn the two most important posture exercises that can be performed anywhere, the Vacation Pose and the Short Foot. Finally, recognize poor postural habits and replace them with good ones.

Dr. Ron Green, DC provides chiropractic care at Pacific Wellness and is available for appointments four days a week.  If you would like to explore how chiropractic could help your pains and aches please call us at 416-929-6958. Chiropractic treatments are covered by most employee benefits.

Seasonal Recipe: Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple fried rice - a traditional dish of Thai Vietnamese and Hawaiian cuisine

If you are trying to add more rice into your diet as you become gluten-free, or you are just a huge fan of rice and need to try something with a twist, the following recipe is for you! Packed with flavour and easy to make, this dish won’t have you spending hours agonizing over how to jazz up your dinner. And as a bonus, you can use up your leftover rice from the night before! Simply pair with a warm, saucy curry or stew, and you’ll have yourself a plate of comfort food for the cold nights ahead. Try a coconut milk-based curry if you are also dairy-free!

By Sonam Patel, B.Sc

Pineapple Fried Rice Ingredients:

  •  Oil (for cooking)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 5           Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1.5”       Ginger piece, minced
  • 1           Onion (cooking or red), medium sized, chopped
  • 2-3        Eggs
  • ¼ cup    Cashews (unsalted, raw), chopped into quarters
  • 6 cups   Balsamic rice, cooked
  • ¼ cup    Soy sauce (approx.)
  • ¼ cup    Rice wine vinegar (approx.)
  • ¼ cup    Sriracha sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 cup     Pineapple, chunks (fresh or canned will work)
  • 2            Green onions, sliced


Pineapple Fried Rice Method:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot or wok on medium heat.
  2. Add garlic cloves, ginger and onions, sauté until onions are partially cooked.
  3. Crack eggs into a bowl and beat with a fork until combined, add to pot.
  4. Stir egg mixture until cooked (just like scrambled eggs). Add cashews and combine.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add cooked rice to pot and stir in.
  6. Season with soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, and rice wine vinegar. Stir in pineapple chunks.
  7. Take pot off the heat and garnish with green onions.
  8. Serve with chili paneer, any curry (masaman, green, panang, etc.), or other saucy dishes.



Sonam Patel has been working for the Pacific Wellness Institute as a clinical assistant.  She holds a bachelor of Science, Human Kinetics & Nutritional and Nutraceutical Science degree from the University of Guelph.  Currently she is pursuing a diploma of Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine in Toronto.

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