What really is Chiropractic?
The focus of traditional health care is on germs and blood; prescriptions of drugs often ignore the real cause of the problem. Chiropractic is different. Chiropractic produces results by helping your nervous system work the way it should. It’s a scientific fact that your brain, spinal cord and the rest of your nerves control every aspect of your body. Hinder the vital nerve links between your brain and your body, and ill health can result. A common source of interference comes from the moving joints of bones that encase the “information super highway” of your spinal cord.
Nerve pressure, which can be as little as the weight of a dime can cause numbness, weakness or the under-performance of organs and tissue. Furthermore, spinal misalignment can cause nerve tissues to stretch, chafe or become irritated. This can distort the nerve messages between your body and your brain. The result? Hyperactive organ function, high blood pressure or even increased pain.
Your initial visit with a Chiropractor will begin with a thorough examination, which will help locate areas of nervous system compromise. The moving joints of the spine are common culprits. Once identified, the Chiropractor will perform specific adjustments to help reduces these interferences.
The intent is to restore your body’s ability to regulate and heal itself. Without drugs. Without surgery.
Chiropractic is simple. It’s natural. It honours the wisdom of your body. And it has helped millions enjoy relief and better health for more than a century.
What do Chiropractors do?
Chiropractors are experts trained in the neuromusculoskeletal (nerve, muscle and bone) system. They are best known for successful treatment of the Back, but they use the spine as an avenue to access the rest of the body, therefore they are not limited to back problems only. Nerves control every action of the body; the nerves exit the spinal cord which is an extension of the brain encompassed by the boney spine. The spine is a series 77 joints all in a row that function in a syncytium to provide mobility, stability of the torso and protection of the spinal cord and nerves. Disruption of just one joint can interrupt biomechanics of the entire spine, associated nerve function and decrease or increase actions of the nerve’s target (i.e. muscle or organ). Using a hands-on approach, a Chiropractor can make specific adjustments to your spine allowing for normal functioning of the nervous system.
Because Chiropractors are well trained in all aspects of the nerves, muscles and bones of the body, they are not limited to conditions of the spine and can help treat many other conditions of the body from head-to-toe.
Who should see a Chiropractor?
Everyone! Improved nerve communications between your brain and your body can help everyone. So, even if you don’t have pain, you could be a good candidate for chiropractic care. Modified adjusting approaches can help children, the elderly or those with special needs.
Since chiropractic care depends on the healing abilities of each patient, results can vary from patient to patient. Everyone responds differently. Some detect changes in a few short days or weeks. Others may take weeks to months before showing progress.
If I don’t have a Back problem, can I still see a Chiropractor?
Of Course! Chiropractors are capable of addressing a large variety of injuries, the most common reasons to see are Chiropractor are:
However, many patients choose to see a Chiropractor even if they don’t have pain at all. These patients focus on prevention and maintaining an optimal functioning nervous system.
Do I have to keep going to the Chiropractor for life?
This is a frequent misconception about Chiropractors that can be best resolved by referring to the frequency you visit your dentist. You are required to have frequent visits to resolve an issue, then regular maintenance cleaning to keep up your oral health. Like your Chiropractic doctor, some patients opt to continue with some type of regular chiropractic checkups. These patients show up for their visits feeling great, but require these visits to ensure the optimal health of their spine. Their interest in wellness and prevention helps make sure that once they get well, they stay well.
What is an adjustment?
A Chiropractic adjustment restores the mobility of the joint, removing pressure from the nerve and restores nerve function, thus normal target function. During a Chiropractic adjustment, many people hear and audible sound that arises from the joint space, this sound is an escape of gas from an over pressurized joint capsule that has been immobilized due to the joint’s dysfunction. The greatest misconception of this audible sound is that the Chiropractor is “cracking bones,” or the bones are being “rubbed together.” In fact, the exact opposite is true; a Chiropractic adjustment, when done correctly, actually creates a gap in the joint that stretches the capsule allowing the gas to escape and the audible sound is the result. The best example to simulate a Chiropractic adjustment is hearing people crack their knuckles. Those that do, realize that once they have “cracked” their knuckles that they cannot do so for another 20 minutes or so; this is the case due to the gas being released from the capsule and needing time to build-up within the joint again. If the “cracking” sound was in fact “bone-on-bone,” then the person would be able to crack their knuckles until they became red and painful.
Is Chiropractic covered by OHIP or Health Insurance?
Chiropractic is no longer covered by OHIP, but many extended health insurances cover Chiropractic care. Each of us has the freedom to place a different value on our health. Ultimately, good health is about personal responsibility. While an insurance company or other third party may be helpful, be careful. Don’t allow a profit-motivated company to make decisions about what you do with your health. Find out how we can make Chiropractic care affordable for just about anyone.
Chiropractic is a team approach to better health. As you enjoy results, tell those you love. Explain how millions enjoy relief and better health by restoring the integrity of their spine and nervous system with safe and natural Chiropractic care.
Lola Phillip graduated from Elmcrest College in Toronto. Ontario and is registered under the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. She has practical experience treating various conditions associated to soft tissue injury and joint dysfunction. Her goal is pain management and rehabilitation. Trained in Swedish massage, Lola incorporates various techniques such as Trigger Point Release and Myofascial Release to achieve optimal results. In her spare time, Lola participates on woman’s football; playing in both a league and tournament play, increasing her knowledge in sports injuries.
Graston® Soft Tissue Technique
Graston® Technique effectively breaks down scar tissue and reduces inflammation that causes pain and restricted mobility. Used by the Toronto Spine & Sports Clinic, the stainless steel instruments comb over and “catch” on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. The instruments enable us to treat soft tissue lesions with the depth, pressure and specificity necessary to affect the condition at the site of pain, as well as following the kinetic chain to find and treat the cause. Once the tissue dysfunction has been identified, the instruments break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body. By incorporating stretching, strengthening and ice in the treatment rehab process, the Toronto Spine & Sports Clinic can rebuild the soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.
Graston® Technique is clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating:
- Achilles Tendonosis/itis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cervical Sprain/Strain (Neck Pain)
- Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain (Low Back Pain)
- Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain)
- Plantar Fascitis (Foot Pain)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis (Shoulder Pain)
- Scar Tissue
- Shin Splints
- Trigger Finger
- Woman’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)
Graston® Technique has had positive outcomes in 75-90 percent of all conditions treated. It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and postsurgical patients
Neuro-functional (the function of the body in relation to nerve function) Treatment of Pain and Dysfunction
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic intervention that is used to treat specific health dysfunctions (i.e. musckuloskeletal pain, movement disorders, chronic pain, sports injuries, functional issues, stress related disorders, dysregulation issues, headaches, etc.). Acupuncture is the insertion of single-use, stainless steel needles through the skin, into the human body for therapeutic purposes.
What is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which acupuncture needles are inserted into pre-defined neuro-functional sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the purpose of regulating abnormal activity of the nervous system in pain syndromes, functional problems, and any some diseases.
Toronto Spine & Sports Clinic’s therapeutic goals and treatment targets are selected based on the identifying neurological dysfunctions contributing to the clinical presentation of the symptoms. Sometimes treatments result in disappearance of the symptoms and other times results in permanent resolution of the dysfunction, especially when dysregulation of the nervous system was the underlying pathophysiological mechanism. Medical Acupuncture is a physiological intervention similar to exercise that elicits existing available regulatory mechanisms through the up-regulation and down-regulation of specific cellular processes. These cellular processes cannot be forced upon the body, which occurs with administration of pharmacological substances.
What are the benefits of Medical Acupuncture for patients?
Acupuncture can be effective as a solitary treatment, or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:
- Chronic pain: headaches, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain.
- Musculoskeletal pain problems: neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, joint pain.
- Sports related injuries and other movement disorders;
- Stress related problems: addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Even some menstrual and reproductive problems, urinary tract disorders, respiratory problems and digestive disorders.
According to the scientific literature, acupuncture is one of the safest therapies in the hands of well-trained health care professionals.
SpiderTech™ allows for the Best in Performance, Prevention and Pain Management.
- Pre-cut, ready-to-apply kinesiology tape offers an active and dynamic support design to give you the competitive advantage needed to conquer the field and achieve your goal
- Athletes wear a spider during any practice, training session, or competition for active and dynamic support to help prevent joint injury or muscle fatigue.
- Can be applied in minutes, days before any event, training session or practice
- Pre-cut and modified kinesiology spider application decrease repetitive strain on muscles to help stave off muscular fatigue and work to reduce cramping.
- Athletes wear a spider during any practice, training session, or competition for active and dynamic support to help prevent joint injury or muscle fatigue.
- Can be applied in minutes, days before any event, training session or practice.
- Athletes use pre-cut and modified spider applications as needed support in order to heal more quickly from injury and help alleviate pain.
- Read-to-apply kinesiology tape can be used anytime you have pain and want to feel better.
- Practitioners apply the pre-cut, ready-to apply kinesiology tape in treatment sessions.
How does it work?
The tape, made with hypoallergenic acrylic glue, is manufactured to be the same weight, thickness and elasticity as the skin and is therefore able to integrate with the body’s sensory system naturally. There are 3 possible categories of effect which can been identified by the Toronto Spine & Sports Clinic depending on the desired therapeutic outcome and method of application.
- Dynamically supports better postural positions.
- Prevent harmful ranges of motion without a hard end feel.
- Reduce strain on affected muscle.
- Enhanced sensory stimulation leading to decreased perception of pain.
- Restoration of normal muscle activation and function.
- Reinforces the restoration of functional stability.
- Promotes peripheral neuroplasticity.
- Stimulation of the skin’s natural analgesic system.
- Wave pattern formation.
- Improved lymphatic flow.
- Improved superficial microcirculatory flow.
The End Result
- It’s easy to use with fast and efficient application times.
- Improves clinical and performance outcomes.
- Gives you the ability to achieve early engagement in pain-free ranges of motion and strengthening exercises.
- Gives you the ability to be an active participant in the therapeutic process.
- Gives you the ability to take the therapy home with you, maintaining the treatment objectives between treatments.
Active Release Technique® (ART)
What is Active Release Technique®?
It is a soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Some of th specific conditions that can be treated are headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow. These conditions can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART, since these conditions can all have one thing in common, they are often a result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues are changed in three important ways:
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- depleted oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce scar tissue, which is a spider web of tough, dense tissue in the affected area. This tissue binds up and ties down other tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, the resultant muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis and nerves can become trapped. Reduced range of motion, loss of strength and pain can be a result. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness in extremities (which can be the case in carpal tunnel syndrome).
What is a treatment like?
The doctor uses his hands to evaluate the texture,
tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
There are two types of medical lasers: high power and low power. High power lasers are used to cut through tissue. Low-level lasers (Cold Lasers), are used to stimulate tissue repair. The word “laser” is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The theory was first described by Albert Einstein (1879-1955) who paved the way for the development of the therapeutic laser. Cold Laser therapy is the application of red and near infrared light over injuries or wounds to improve soft tissue healing and relieve both acute and chronic pain. Low level therapy uses cold (sub-thermal) laser light energy to direct bio-stimulation light energy to the body’s cells without injuring or damaging them in any way. The therapy is precise and accurate, offering safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions.
Laser therapy offers natural, effective, non-invasive, drug-free phototherapy solutions to trigger normal cellular functions that lead to faster wound healing, pain relief and accelerated functional recovery. It successfully used to treat athletic injuries, acute & chronic conditions, repetitive strain disorders, tissue healing and much more, by providing the extra energy required for healing, the tissue is able to heal itself naturally. This innovative therapeutic alternative may also eliminate the need for painful, debilitating surgeries and drug therapies so often accompanied by harmful side effects.
Some of the unique healing effects of Cold Laser Therapy include:
- Increased cell metabolism
- Improved localized blood circulation
- Development of collagen and muscle tissue
- Relief from acute and chronic pain
- Reduced localized inflammation and edema
- Stimulation for wound healing and tissue repair
- Stimulation of the immune system
- Stimulation of nerve function
Research demonstrates that Laser Therapy can be used to effectively treat many conditions. Simulating the body’s natural repair processes using the healing nature of light has been proven particularly effective for certain conditions including:
- Chronic Pain and Acute Pain reduction
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Arthritis – Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis and Bursitis
- Inflammation conditions
- Post-surgical healing of scars, incision site and pain, swelling, bruising
- Strains of muscle, muscle and tendon tears, Ligaments
- Sprains of ankle and other places
- Sports medicine for injury of athletes
- Foot Pain, foot swelling, foot bone fractures – Podiatry
- Plantar Fasciitis – foot, heel Spurs, Achilles tendonitis
- Spinal Disc Herniation
- Ankle Sprains
- Fibromyalgia and Neuralgia
- Orthopedic Implants
- Decreased circulation of lower limbs
- Facial Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome – Hand
- Whiplash Neck Injuries
- Migraine Headaches
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Diabetic Foot Ulcer healing
- Muscle Spasms or tension