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Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (the spine and extremities, arm and legs) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The brain is divided into sections and stores and receives an incredible amount of information. But this information needs a way to get in and out. Nerves provide a pathway for this information to travel, and the spinal cord is made up of bundles of these nerves. The spine both houses and protects the spinal cord. Nerve dysfunction can result from any number of factors, such as falls, accidents, stress, tension, or over-use. These events can alter our "wiring" and create pain or discomfort in our bodies.

Chiropractors are trained to locate the source of the pain or discomfort — it may actually be far from the actual location where the symptom is occurring — and then we correct or adjust the joints in the body and set it up to heal on its own. Of course, the type of correction or adjustment employed by the chiropractor depends on the condition being treated. The important thing to remember is that chiropractic success occurs by addressing the source of the problem, not just treating the symptoms.

Because helping the body heal itself involves many facets, chiropractors also provide lifestyle advice to help prevent illness and injury. Diet & nutrition, fitness, ergonomics, and other areas in your life contribute to or diminish your overall health. By making the right choices, one can live a life full of wellness and vitality.

What do Chiropractors do?

Chiropractors specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Although this typically involves focusing on the biomechanics of the spine, chiropractors are also proficient at evaluating all other joints and muscles of the body. Treatment is hands-on and usually includes spinal and extremity manipulations, also known as adjustments, as well as soft tissue treatments, exercise prescription, and lifestyle recommendations. The intent of spinal and extremity manipulation is to introduce movement to joints with restricted motion, with the result of decreasing pain and improving motion at the joint of interest.

What can Chiropractic treat?

What are the benefits of a Chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic joint manipulation ensures that joints move freely and can function properly by opening the joint being treated, thereby normalizing motion-sensitive nerves, blocking pain and reducing muscle spasms. Joint manipulation can be a key therapeutic aid to achieving proper joint function and pain management.

How is a Chiropractic adjustment performed?

During a manipulation, the patient is positioned in a way that isolates the involved joint and a gentle thrust is applied.  This moves or separates the joint surfaces, restoring full motion of the joint and decreasing associated muscle tension.

Why is a Chiropractic adjustment effective?

Chiropractic joint manipulation is effective because it aims to restore normal and healthy joint function.  In order to function properly, joints must move freely.  Under unrestricted conditions, the nerves in and around the joints sense motion and relay important information to the spinal cord and brain.  However, if motion is altered or reduced, nerves can relay inaccurate or insufficient information about a joint’s motion.  When this happens, as is often the case in sudden injury or overuse, pain occurs. As the pain increases, the nerves create a guarding reflex that causes the surrounding muscles to tighten and spasm.  Chiropractic manipulation helps to normalize joint movement so that correct nerve information is relayed to the spinal cord and brain.

Does extended insurance cover the treatment?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize chiropractic care as a primary health care treatment. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.

Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is a movement-based soft tissue therapy developed, refined, and patented by Dr. Michael Leahy, a chiropractor in Denver.

What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is a movement-based soft tissue therapy developed, refined, and patented by Dr. Michael Leahy, a chiropractor in Denver. Dr. Leahy noticed many symptoms with which patients complained of seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by palpation. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of his manual work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients' problems using this soft tissue therapy. He now teaches and certifies health-care providers all over the world to use his technique and Dr. John Super, D.C. is a certified provider of Active Release Technique (A.R.T.).

What can Active Release Technique treat?

Active Release Techniques may serve as a valuable resource in treating such cases as:

  • Shin Splints
  • Overuse injuries
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome / Knee Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis

Each of these conditions can cause your body to produce tough, dense, scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down other tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons can cause tendonitis, and nerves can become entrapped. This can cause reduced ranges of motion, loss of strength and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness.

What are the benefits of an Active Release Technique treatment?

Ultimately, early assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of cumulative trauma disorders from everyday work and/or trauma from sports injuries is ideal; however, long standing adhesions complicated by joint dysfunction etc. can also be addressed. Once these adhesions are released, separated and broken up using Active Release Technique (ART), the underlying soft tissue will re-establish optimal texture, resilience, and proper function (1), becoming smooth allowing the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels to move freely on each other. Take control and actively release your pain, knowing that we are fully committed to providing quality non-surgical drug-free care.

References 1. Leahy MP. Improved treatment for carpal tunnel and related syndromes. Chiropractic Sports Medicine. 9(1):6-9, 1995.

Why is Active Release Technique effective?

We have patients that walk into the office with a particular condition, be it restriction or pain from muscular adhesion, and will finish the treatment with far more ROM and a decrease in pain. It is the kind of treatment that gets you back on the field very quickly.

Does extended insurance cover the treatment?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize Active Release Technique when provided by a chiropractor as a primary health care treatment. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.

Graston Technique

Graston technique helps to correct the adhesions and scar tissue that form due to injury and inflammation by increasing tissue elasticity and fibroblastic activity to return the muscles and surrounding tissues to as close to pre-injury status as possible.

What is Graston Therapy?

The inflammatory process within the human body is necessary for proper healing to occur, however scar tissue and adhesions are a byproduct of such a process which can impede upon the function of the muscles and surrounding tissues.  Graston technique helps to correct the adhesions and scar tissue that form due to injury and inflammation by increasing tissue elasticity and fibroblastic activity to return the muscles and surrounding tissues to as close to pre-injury status as possible. This is accomplished by initiating a controlled inflammatory process which will allow the tissue to begin the healing process, breaking down scar tissue and adhesions in the tissue and redirecting collagen formation in the proper orientation for correct movement of muscles and tissues.

What can Graston Therapy treat?

Graston is highly effective for chronic and hard-to-diagnose illnesses.  It has proven beneficial for:

What are the benefits of a Graston Therapy treatment?

An increase in flexibility and Range of Motion (ROM), as well as a decrease in pain.  Graston will facilitate a faster recovery and rehabilitation from injury by helping to remove scar tissue and adhesions which limit the proper function of muscle.

Why is Graston Therapy effective?

When used correctly for the right problem, Graston Therapy will very quickly resolve the problem, be it pain or decreased ROM.  Many a sports professional will be back on the field quickly after a Graston treatment session.

Does extended insurance cover the treatment?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize Graston therapy when provided by a chiropractor as a primary health care treatment. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.

Kinesio Taping

The wave pattern found on the tape’s adhesive has a lifting effect on the skin which can reduce swelling and inflammation by improving circulation and reduce pain by taking pressure off pain receptor.

What is Kinesio-Taping?

Kinesio-Taping was invented in Japan in the 1970s. To-day taping is used by chiropractors, physiotherapists, medical practitioners and athletes in around the world. The method of kinesio-taping relies just as much on the technique of its application as it does on the properties of the tape itself. You can’t use any old tape!

Kinesio-tape comes in different colours. The tape is not rigid like strapping tape; it’s flexible, comfortable and functional, allowing and encouraging full range of movement. It can be used up to five days without changing, is water resistant and can expand up to about 40 percent of its actual length.

What can Kinesio-Taping treat?

Laser Therapy may serve as a valuable resource in treating such cases as:

What are the Effects of Kinesio-Taping?

The tape is used in sport and rehabilitation for muscle relaxation or muscle facilitation. For muscle relaxation, the tape is applied from the end of the muscle to the beginning (Insertion to Origin). This causes the muscle to relax and reduce tension. For muscle facilitation, the tape is applied from the beginning of the muscle to the end (Origin to Insertion). This stimulates tired or underused muscles and mostly used in rehabilitation.

How Does it Work?

The wave pattern found on the tape’s adhesive has a lifting effect on the skin which can reduce swelling and inflammation by improving circulation and reduce pain by taking pressure off pain receptor. The therapist uses the tape over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. It is applied with a stretch to the tape or to the target area in order to create space under the skin and create the desired effect on the musculature. This affect causes changes in deeper layers of fascia by manipulating the skin and muscle, creating space underneath the skin to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage.

Who uses it?

The popularity of kinesio-tape in North America surged after 50,000 rolls were donated and used at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. Of these athletes, the most notable was Kerri Walsh who used the tape in competition following surgery on her rotator cuff. Serena Williams has also used therapeutic tapes during competition. David Beckham was seen clearly using kinesio-tape on his ribcage during matches.

Who will benefit?

Kinesio-Taping is greatly effective in therapy since it has the ability to relax overused and overextended muscles, as well as rehabilitating muscular injuries. It can also be used to reduce the inflammation or the swelling by not blocking or hindering circulation, hence reducing pain. By utilizing a number of corrective techniques, the therapist can promote correct muscle and joint function, as well as pain relief by targeting the pain and the source of the pain. Applications of the tape involve utilizing single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X,” “Y” or other specialized shapes. 

Kinesio-tape is hypoallergenic, latex free and the adhesive compound is designed for sensitive skin. The tape works well on all ages from children to the elderly. Whether the injury is related to sport, work or poor posture kinesio-tape is an ideal treatment option to get you back to exercise, training, sport and general day-to-day activities faster and more effectively.

Does extended insurance cover the treatment?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize Kinesio-Taping when provided by a chiropractor as a primary health care treatment. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.

Laser Therapy

Low Intensity Laser Therapy is utilized for relief of chronic pain, to reduce inflammation, for it’s analgesic properties, and to promote tissue repair.

What is Laser Therapy?

Low Intensity Laser Therapy is utilized for relief of chronic pain, to reduce inflammation, for it’s analgesic properties, and to promote tissue repair. Laser light is absorbed through the skin and penetrates the cells and surrounding tissue.  The light stimulates the body's natural cellular pathways, and is a safe and non-toxic method to reduce pain and inflammation. Laser therapy can reduce scar tissue, improve circulation and lymph flow, and re-energize the healing process.

What can Laser Therapy treat?

Laser Therapy may serve as a valuable resource in treating such cases as:

What are the Effects of Laser Therapy?

Short term effects:

  • Beta-endorphins are produced and released (Beta-endorphins are natural pain killers that the body releases that hold back the sensation of pain).
  • The body produces more Cortisol (Cortisol controls inflammation, and helps with physical stress associated with trauma or illness).

Long term effects:

  • The body makes more Adenosine Triphosphate (More ATP means better working cells, ATP acts as the body's fuel).
  • More DNA is produced, DNA works as the body's building blocks, when the body is injured DNA is used to help repair the tissue.
  • More acetylecholine and serotonin is released into the body (Serotonin is a "feel good" chemical of the body that helps with sleep, concentration, and mood).
  • Increased production of healthy cells.
  • Improvement in collagen fibres (Cells that act like a band aid over injuries)
  • Newer blood vessels are formed

Other Effects:

  • Body's immune system is excited.
  • Lymphatic drainage is improved.
  • Body makes more growth hormone to help heal
  • And by accelerating the body’s healing processes, there is a relief of symptoms.
  • The formation of new capillaries and arterioles resulting in improved wound healing (angiogenesis).

What are the benefits of an Laser Therapy treatment?

Laser therapy is used to reduce pain, restore the normal range of motion and physical function.

What is involved?

Application of the laser, under the supervision of a health care professional, can penetrate up to 3 inches deep into the tissue to stimulate heat. The treatment will typically take between 10 -20 minutes and is painless.  Between 3 to 20 treatments maybe required, depending on the injury and  rate of healing.

How does Laser work and why is it effective?

Laser light supplies energy to the body in the form of photons or light.  The energy is absorbed through the skin and causes tissue changes, stimulates tissue repair and creates an analgesic anti-inflammatory effect.  When the light source is placed against the skin, the photons penetrate up to 3 inches and get absorbed by the mitochondria, the energy producing part of a cell. This energy fuels many positive physiological responses resulting in the restoration of normal cell morphology and function.  

Does extended insurance cover the treatment?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize Laser Therapy when provided by a chiropractor as a primary health care treatment. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is complementary to any lifestyle. It can improve muscle imbalances throughout the body, increase range of motion, and decrease or eliminate pain.

What is Massage Therapy?

Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) in Ontario is a regulated health care profession.  It is the assessment of soft tissues and joints to treat, rehabilitate, or prevent injury, pain, or physical dysfunction.  RMTs use a variety of modalities and techniques within their scope of practice such as myofascial and trigger point release, lymphatic drainage and Swedish massage.  To learn more about Registered Massage Therapy in Ontario, please visit: www.rmtao.com.

What can Massage Therapy Treat?

Massage therapy can treat acute, sub-acute and chronic conditions such as:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis and bursitis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer symptoms
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Edema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscles spasms and tension
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Stroke
  • Stress-related conditions
  • Tendinitis
  • Whiplash

Massage therapy can also be used as a supportive treatment during pregnancy and labour, as well as in palliative care.

What are the Benefits of a Massage Therapy Treatment?

Massage therapy is complementary to any lifestyle.  It can improve muscle imbalances throughout the body, increase range of motion, and decrease or eliminate pain.  It can also decrease or eliminate swelling, improve circulation and stimulate the healing process following injury.  Massage Therapy can decrease or eliminate stress, and maintain and prevent injuries to healthy tissues.

Why is Massage Therapy Effective?

RMTs undergo an intensive educational curriculum that included physiology, anatomy, pathology, and neurology courses to study the unique features of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, reproductive, digestive, urinary and endocrine systems.  The knowledge accumulated is put into practice when treating each person’s conditions.

Does Extended Insurance Cover Massage Therapy?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize Registered Massage Therapy as a primary health care treatment. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.

Medical Acupuncture

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture takes an ancient therapy and re-defines its mechanisms and effects using present-day scientific understanding of human physiology.

What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (ART)?

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture takes an ancient therapy and re-defines its mechanisms and effects using present-day scientific understanding of human physiology. At first glance, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture may look strikingly similar to Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Small thin needles are inserted into various points in the body, including hands, feet and scalp, and left in place for a period of time before removal. At times the practitioner may attach a small electrical device to one or more needles to aid in treatment and at other times may choose to use no electrical input. However, considerable differences exist between Contemporary Medical Acupuncture theory and the traditional Chinese approach. In contemporary acupuncture, your practitioner treats you only after a conventional medical/neuro-functional diagnosis has been made. The practitioner will use acupuncture as a treatment modality along with other therapies, as needed. The Contemporary Medical Acupuncture practitioner applies treatment following a conventional (scientific) view and regards the acupuncture as having certain local tissue effects as well as providing local analgesia and regulatory effects on the nervous system.

In contrast, a traditional Chinese acupuncturist makes a diagnosis in terms of complex theories regarding disturbance in the body’s balance that needs to be corrected with needles.

What can Contemporary Medical Acupuncture treat?

Medical Acupuncture is highly effective for chronic and hard-to-diagnose illnesses. It has proven beneficial for:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Stress
  • Joint Pain and Stiffness
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • TMJ disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome / Knee Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis

What are the benefits of an Contemporary Medical Acupuncture treatment?

A cessation of pain and a resolution of the presenting symptoms in a non- invasive low-impact manner.

Does Contemporary Medical Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and are so fine that 2-3 needles would fit inside the hollow barrel of a regular needle. Some people feel slight discomfort as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in place there may be feelings of tingling or heaviness in the area. This a normal physiological response. Sometimes there is no sensation, but this does not mean that the treatment is not having the desired effect.

Are there risks or adverse effects?

There is almost a complete absence of adverse effects or complications from the use of Acupuncture. We use sterile, one-use, disposable, stainless steel needles to prevent risk of infection. Clients with pacemakers are not given electro-acupuncture. Pregnant women, people with haemophilia, or those who take blood thinners are treated with caution.

How many Acupuncture treatments will be required?

The number of sessions will vary depending on the health issue. Only a few treatments may be required for acute problems. For long-standing conditions, 1 or 2 treatments per week for several weeks may be advised, with less frequent treatments as the condition improves. Treatment sessions are usually 20-30 minutes in total. The relief of pain and stiffness may be felt in a few days, hours, or immediately.

Does extended insurance cover the treatment?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize Contemporary Medical Acupuncture when provided by a chiropractor as a primary health care treatment. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.

Orthotics

Orthotics (also known as orthotic insoles, shoe inserts, or orthoses) are fabricated inserts worn inside the shoes with the purpose of restoring natural foot function.

Orthotics

Starting from the bottom up, proper foot biomechanics are key to correct body movement and function. Dysfunctional joints, muscles, or tendons within the feet, if left unattended, may cause disruption in foot mechanics. This can initiate pain within the feet, which possibly may cause biomechanical compensations resulting in knee, hip, and or low back pain. A solution may involve the use of custom orthotics, made to fit just you.

Why Orthotics

Orthotics (also known as orthotic insoles, shoe inserts, or orthoses) are fabricated inserts worn inside the shoes with the purpose of restoring natural foot function. This is necessary when the natural biomechanical balance of our lower body has been disrupted by over-pronation. The most common form of bad foot biomechanics is over-pronation, which is the dropping of the arches and rolling inwards of the feet and ankles, and affects an estimated 70% of the population. Orthotic insoles correct over-pronation and realign the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, restoring natural foot function. In turn, this will help alleviate problems not only in the feet, but also in other parts of the body, such as the knees, hips, and lower back.

Causes of Over-Pronation

The fact that so many of us suffer from over-pronation due to fallen arches can be contributed to the hard, flat surfaces we walk on daily. Other factors that play a role include age, weak ankles, and excess body weight. As a result, over-pronation is much more prevalent in people in their fifties and older, and also in overweight persons. Over-pronation doesn’t pose a serious problem in many cases, especially for younger people. However, abnormal foot function caused by over-pronation can lead to serious foot problems like heel pain, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia – even knee pain and lower back pain in some instances.

Regular shoe inserts vs Orthotics

There’s a significant difference between regular insoles and orthotics. Regular insoles are purely designed to provide a cushioning effect and shock absorption. They may feel comfortable at first, however they do not address any biomechanical problems, i.e. they are not designed to correct over-pronation. On the other hand, orthotics are a functional device, designed to correct and optimize our foot function. Some insoles also feature an arch support, however they tend to be mostly made of soft materials. As a result, the support they provide is often too weak to have any effect.

Does extended insurance cover the treatment?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize orthotics as an insurable intervention if prescribed and manufactured by a primary health care provider. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy are a group of modalities and techniques used by a therapist to improve the health and well being of a patient.  There are numerous physical therapy modalities and techniques.

Electrical Stimulation (IFC / EMS)

Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. Placing electrodes on the skin in various locations can recruit the appropriate muscle fibres. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscle. The treatment provider can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.

Ultrasound

A therapeutic treatment using high frequency sound waves administered in the region of soft tissue injuries. Sound vibrations, as fast as a million times per second, penetrate the tissues deep in the body, creating a heat response. These vibrations and heat help break down adhesions and scar tissue. Ultrasound stimulates healing without irritation.  It is also important to perform ultrasound before certain soft tissue therapies.

Exercise Rehabilitation / Post Surgical Rehab

Exercise increases muscle flexibility and strength and promotes healing by increasing blood flow to the injured site. Healthy muscles provide protection to bones and joints. People who suffer from lower back pain are often encouraged to help their own recovery through exercise and physical therapy, but are seldom given the knowledge and tools needed to accomplish this. One of the most crucial parts of a successful treatment plan is what the patient does outside of the clinic. Motivating patients to become active in their care at is essential to full recovery. That is why Exercise Rehabilitation is a key element of our treatment approach.

Core Stability Training

Core Stability Training specifically targets the smaller and deeper muscles of the lumbar spine and trunk. The aim of core stability training is to effectively recruit these smaller postural intrinsic muscles and then learn to control the position of the lumbar spine during dynamic movements. 80% of all people will have a low back condition some time in their life. A weakened core is a major contributing factor to low back injuries.  Learning core strengthening is easy, and is an exercise that does not take much time to perform every day.

Heat and Cold Therapy

The benefits of heat include: relaxation of tight muscles and tissues, decreased pain, increased blood circulation to the affected area. Patients with chronic muscle strains, spasms, or arthritis often benefit from treatment with moist hot packs.  Cold packs are used to treat areas of pain and inflammation. The cold packs are wrapped in towels and applied directly to the treatment area of the patient's body. Cold therapy decreases inflammation, pain, and swelling.  Patients with acute injuries often benefit from cold therapy.

Joint Mobilizations

Joint Mobilization is used to restore the natural movement of a joint. When a joint is not moving and functioning properly, inflammation and pain often occur due to the impingement of other structures. Joint mobilizations increase range of motion of a joint and restore balance to the injured area.  As we get older, it becomes very important to move the joints.  "Motion is lotion" when it comes to joint mobility and function.

Does extended insurance cover the treatment?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize Active Release Technique when provided by a chiropractor as a primary health care treatment. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.

Shock Wave Therapy

Shock waves accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers. They stimulate the metabolism of cells and enhance blood circulation. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shock waves are audible high-energy sound waves. In the medical world, shock waves have been employed since around 1980 to disintegrate kidney stones. In modern pain therapy, shock wave energy is conducted from a shock wave generator to the painful body region, where it begins its healing capacities.

How do shock waves work?

Shock waves accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers. They stimulate the metabolism of cells and enhance blood circulation. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.

Which disorders can be treated?

  • Shin Splints
  • Overuse injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injury - Calcific Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Achilles Tendonitis

How is the therapy performed?

The therapist localizes the pain region by palpation and discusses the findings with you. A skin gel is then applied to the treatment area to allow the shock waves to be introduced into the body without any loss of energy. After these preparations, shock waves are released as the shock wave applicator is moved over the painful region.

Duration and frequency of the therapy

The therapy session takes between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. In general, an average of 7-9 therapy sessions are necessary.

How successful is the therapy?

After only 4 or 6 sessions, over 80 % of patients report painlessness or significant pain reduction.

Success Rates

American Journal of Sports Medicine  84% for Plantar Fasciitis,  76% for Achilles Tendinopathy,  76% for Jumper’s Knee

Journal of the American Medical Association  91% improvement for Calcific Tendinitis

Orthopedics  77% improvement for Tennis Elbow

Questions to Ask Yourself

Do you experience limited mobility in your shoulders or arms? Do you have problems lifting objects from a shelf?  Does your back ache when sitting down, walking or lying down?  Do your elbows hurt when you grasp or hold objects?  Do you suffer from severe muscle tension in your shoulders or neck?  Do you experience pain in the Achilles tendon, heel or knee when having a walk or mounting stairs?  If you answered Yes to only one of these questions, you should talk to us! We can help!

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a treatment technique which utilizes the stretching of the vertebrae of the spine to relieve tension or a pinched nerve.

What is Spinal Decompression?

If you suffer from a herniated or bulging disc, slipped disc, pinched nerve, sciatica, arthritis, lumbar disorders, or chronic back pain, you may be an ideal candidate for spinal decompression. Spinal decompression is a treatment technique which utilizes the stretching of the vertebrae of the spine to relieve tension or a pinched nerve. This type of therapy is very effective at getting right to the source of the problem, and resolving the mechanics of spinal conditions.

What can Spinal Decompression treat?

Spinal Decompression may serve as a valuable resource in treating such cases as:

What are the Effects of Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression offers a non-invasive alternative to painful and costly back surgery. The patient lies on his or her stomach or back on a special decompression table with harnesses to stabilize the body.  Spinal decompression literally stretches the space between the injured discs, creating a vacuum. This vacuum takes pressure off 'pinched' nerves and increases the space between the vertebrae allowing more space for the disc.  Spinal decompression not only relieves disc pain but also encourages the body to start repairing the disc cartilage.

Results

Some patients reported feeling much better after only a few treatments. Depending on your diagnosis, your disc pain can be stopped in as little as 4 weeks of spinal decompression treatments. Each session takes about 20-30 minutes and usually 12-15 treatments are needed for best results. For some types of back problems, ongoing therapy may be needed to stay pain free. Studies have shown that most patients who go through spinal decompression have a complete remission from pain.

Does extended insurance cover the treatment?

Yes. WSIB and most insurance providers will recognize Spinal decompression when provided by a chiropractor as a primary health care treatment. A receipt will be issued to you at the end of each treatment. If you don't have an extended health care plan, save your receipts for income tax purposes.