Chiropractors use a non-invasive hands on health care approach that concentrates on the body's nerves, muscles and joints. Chiropractors are considered health care experts when dealing with the musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, and makes up one the largest primary contact health care professional in Ontario.
Almost two million people in Ontario alone use chiropractic to help them get out of pain and lead active and healthy lives.
Chiropractors take a complete health history, perform physical exams (including orthopaedic testing, muscle testing, ranges of motion and other pertinent tests to your condition) and provide each patient with a specific diagnosis. From there a comprehensive treatment plan is explained and prescribed to help you resolve your problem! Chiropractors are one of only 5 classes of health professional who are called doctors. To become a Chiropractor you have to attend an accredited Chiropractic College / University for 4 intensive years, where you spend over 4,200 hours on specific education and training. This is equivalent to the time spent at medical school. In order to be considered, a minimum of three years of Undergraduate education is necessary.
Chiropractors treat any condition related to your muscles, joints, nerves or bones. Several reasons to see a chiropractor include (but are not limited to):
- Back pain
- Neck Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Shoulder Pain
- Arm pain
- Knee Pain
- Leg pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Limited ranges of motion in your back, shoulders, neck or limbs
Prenatal Chiropractic Care:
Pregnant women due to the new laxity present within their joints and changes in their biomechanics may experience mid back, low back, and pelvic pain. Chiropractic care is gentle and effective at treating pain associated with pregnancy. Rehabilitation exercises are also useful to help prepare the mother for labour, decrease pain associated with pregnancy, and to restore muscle tone after giving birth.
Webster technique is used to reduce biomechanical dysfunction of the pelvis that could potentially be affecting the ability for the baby to turn into an optimal position for labour. Difficulty with labour is thought to be caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby malpresentation. The correction of pelvic dysfunction may have a positive effect on all these causes of difficult labour. In this clinical and theoretical framework it is proposed that pelvic joint dysfunction may contribute to these primary causes for difficult labour via uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. The resulting tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth. The goal of this technique is to restore proper functioning of the pelvic joints and relax tight muscles and ligaments associated with the pelvis, which could contribute to improper positioning of the baby.
Pediatric Chiropractic Care:
Chiropractic care provided to children is gentle, safe, and effective. Chiropractic care may help with latching, rehabilitation for hip dysplasia, enuresis, infantile colic, chronic otitis media, cranial distortion, torticollis, scoliosis, pediatric headaches and spinal pain.
Active Release Therapy (A.R.T):
A.R.T is a patented, state of the art soft tissue treatment that addresses injury to tendons, muscles, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It is a movement-based system that induces a break-up for scar tissue, and reduces tension in chronically contracted tissue. Adhesions develop in tissues that are under constant stress due to prolonged athletic activity, poor posture, repetitive movements and after an injury.
Active release can effectively resolve pain and irritation while increasing range of motion and function. Conditions that can be treated by A.R.T include:
- Plantar Faciitis
- Carpal tunnel
- Shin Splints
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Nerve entrapments
- Knee Pain
- Hip Pain
- Shoulder pain
More info regarding A.R.T can be found at the following website http://www.activerelease.com
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture:
Contemporary Acupuncture is a safe, natural, and clinically effective option for the treatment of a variety of common orthopedic and functional health conditions. Contemporary Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles over carefully selected areas of the body where nerves and their receptors are found. This stimulates numerous responses in the central nervous system (scientifically documented) that are of potential benefit for many conditions.
Contemporary acupuncture practitioners are conventional health care professionals that design your acupuncture treatments based on a thorough evaluation of your neuro-function. Using precise peripheral nerve stimulation sites promotes therapeutic responses through regulation of physiological functions in the body.
The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health have endorsed acupuncture, declaring it to be effective in the treatment of:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Low back and neck pain
- Pelvic pain
- Some visceral conditions
How does it work?
It works by activating the natural pain control and healing mechanisms in the body. It improves local circulation and muscle nutrition to problem areas. It can help to restore muscle strength and decrease pain through nerve communication at many different levels of the central nervous system.
In most cases a positive response is seen even after the first session. Positive responses for simple pain problems require roughly 6-8 treatments, while chronic conditions may need 10-12 treatments.
Contemporary Acupuncture practitioners use a painless needle insertion technique. This provides comfort and control at all times, without any pain. Modern acupuncture needles are very thin, sterile and single use only. They are solid with a round tip that gently parts tissues without damaging them. Electrical stimulation is often added to the treatment, and this stimulation is also quite comfortable.
Kinesiotape is a simple yet highly effective treatment option that can be used on a wide variety of ailments and injuries to decrease your pain, swelling, and decrease time needed to rehab your injuries. It can help decrease pain by reducing pressure on pain receptors and reduces swelling by helping to lift the skin and increase fluid movement. Kinesio tex is the world's leading elastic therapeutic tape. The weight and elasticity of the tape mimic your own skin, thus causing less irritation. This tape has many more benefits than just regular white athletic tape which is used more commonly.
This treatment is most effectively used in combination with other treatments such as myofascial release, electro-acupuncture and rehab exercises. The tape was widely used at the 2009 summer Olympics, 2012 winter Olympics and 2010 World Cup of Soccer.
Kinesiotaping can also help position skin and muscles to help with posture, proper muscle activation, and relaxation. Common uses include:
- Ankle sprains
- Hamstrings strains
- Shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Knee pain
- Postural imbalances
More info regarding Kinesiotaping and Kinesio tex tape can be found at the following website http://www.kinesiotaping.com
Custom Foot Orthotics:
Custom foot orthotics can help you with a variety of issues including but not limited to foot pain, shin splints, hip pain or low back issues. We can create a custom orthotic that will fit into any shoe to help disperse the pressures under your feet evenly.
The average person takes over two thousand steps per day. Biomechanical issues while walking may cause repetitive stress on feet, knees, hips and low back. The appropriate insole can be prescribed to correct biomechanical issues such as pronation and supination. Having flat feet increases stress in the arch of your foot and legs. Custom orthotics can help stabilize your arch to help decrease the stress associated with having flat feet.
Custom foot orthotics may also be beneficial in helping treat plantar fasciitis, foot, hip and low back pain, hallux valgus, shin splints, and can help with foot deformities. They can help with alignment of anatomical structures as well as redistribution of external and internal forces. When considering orthotics a thorough biomechanical assessment will be performed ensuring that the orthotics are the right fit for you. Often times the custom orthotics are just a small part of the treatment plan to help improve your health. Book an evaluation to determine if orthotics may be appropriate for you!