Welcome to Huron Church Chiropractic & Family Wellness Centre

519-258-8544

2780 Totten St. Windsor Ontario

Please note that our practitioner’s hours vary. While we welcome walk-ins, we recommend that you call first to ensure your practitioner is available. 519-258-8544

 

Dr. Colasanti’s (BSc DC) Hours

Monday:
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8 am – 5 pm
Closed
8 am – 4 pm
10 am – 6 pm
8am – 12pm
Please call for availability

Christina Dragovic (BA, RMT) Hours

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12pm – 7pm
10am – 7pm
12pm – 7pm
10am – 7pm
10am – 5pm

We recognize that you have a choice when it comes to your preferred Chiropractor or Massage Therapist. That’s why we want you to be as relaxed and informed as possible about our practice; muscle, bone, joint and connective tissue health issues; and natural health treatment options. On behalf of all the Huron Church Family Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre staff, we welcome you to our practice and look forward to helping you and your family preserve a lifetime of good health.

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Help for Plantar Fasciitis

Help for Plantar Fasciitis Scott Colasanti Windsor OntarioDoes it feel like stepping on glass when you put weight on your foot? 

This condition could be a common condition called plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis? 

The plantar fascia is the thick band of connective tissue that spans the bottom of the foot, from the forefoot to the heel and plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this tissue.

How does plantar fasciitis happen?

During normal gait, our heel strikes the ground first, and as we shift our weight forward we transfer our weight to our mid and forefoot. As this shift from the rear to the forefoot happens, the plantar fascia stretches and helps propel us forward. When we put excessive strain on the foot such as with poor footwear, prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces, or weight gain to name a few, the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed.

If this condition becomes prolonged, it can lead to heel spurs. This happens as bone has a tendency to deform along the lines of stress that it is subjected to. Therefore the excessive stress and the pulling force on the heel where the plantar fascia attaches can become a bone spur.

As with any health condition, when possible, it is best to get to the root of the problem. Discussing the patient’s history will often reveal things like poor footwear, recent weight gain, or excessive stress on the feet (like running on pavement for example).  An examination will reveal biomechanical problems with feet, ankle, knees, hips, or back.

What can be done about plantar fasciitis?

  • Avoid the activities that caused the problem (ex: running on pavement or wearing poor footwear)
  • Stretching the plantar fascia, icing, and foot exercises
  • Wearing proper footwear, and avoiding walking in bare feet
  • Custom foot orthotics are often necessary and very helpful.
  • Ultrasound, electric stimulation, and LASER therapy can help promote healing and reduce inflammation
  • Soft-tissue manipulation techniques help to improve the healing and reduce the stress.
  • A plantar fasciitis night splint may also be necessary. This helps keep the plantar fascia in a stretched position at night during sleep, which also promotes healing.

Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful and debilitating so it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing this type of pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment 519-258-8544.

The Fringe Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Is Chiropractic Care Safe Windsor On Dr Scott ColasantiChiropractic treatment is probably best known for treating musculoskeletal complaints, whether it be a sprain/strain, headache, sciatica etc. When a new patient comes in to see me, I perform a standard history and orthopaedic exam on the person. On most patients, I also perform a postural check and I assess the motion of the spinal joints.

Why is this important?

Structure and function go hand in hand. If we allow the day-to-day stresses of our jobs and lifestyles to build, they can create problems, from minor to severe. Being that the spine is central to our structure and also happens to be the ‘relay station’ of our central and peripheral nervous systems, it becomes important to address issues that arise there. This may manifest as restriction and pain in one or more regions of the spine and pelvis. These restrictions in the spinal joint are often referred to as subluxation complexes.

On the other side of the equation, if there are problems with the organs or with other tissues that are supplied by these same nerves, this may manifest as a problem at the corresponding spinal level (at the relay station).  The main goal here is to restore the motion in these restricted segments and thereby also reducing irritation to the nervous system. Keeping in mind that this is ‘high-traffic’ area of the nervous system, performing chiropractic adjustments sets off a cascade of events like; reduction of muscle spasms, a release of endorphins, and a decrease in local inflammation – just to name a few.  I often compare chiropractic adjustments to hitting the ‘re-boot’ on your computer.

I will give an example of a scenario that I often see. Jane comes in with chronic pain in her mid-back, between her shoulder blades. She has a stressful job, drinks a lot of coffee, and her diet is not the best. During her history, I also learn that she has symptoms of gastric reflux, which she is taking medication for. Upon examination, I notice several levels of spinal restriction and pain in her mid-back. As part of the treatment, I perform a chiropractic manipulation on this area. During her follow-up visit she says that her back feels a lot better, and oddly enough, her reflux symptoms are much improved as well.

So what could have happened here? The area of her chief complaint in her back also happens to be the same area that gives nerve supply to the stomach region, therefore it is possible that by helping reduce the irritation to the nerves in that area, that other areas supplied by those nerves may have also benefited. I have seen these ‘fringe benefits’ of chiropractic care happen countless times in my office.

Why not make an appointment for your chiropractic adjustment and reap the ‘fringe benefits’? Just give us a call at 519-258-8544.

Jaw Pain and Muscle Tension?

help for neck jaw upper back pain Windsor Ontario ChiropractorAn injury or problem in one area of your body can impact other areas.

For example, if you sprain your ankle and are limping, other parts of your body, like your knees and your hips may be affected because they have to compensate for the abnormal biomechanics of your gait.

When it comes to examples like that, it takes no stretch of the imagination to see that relationship. However, abnormal biomechanical changes in the body usually have much more far-reaching impacts.  An often-overlooked area of the body is the temporomandibular joint or simply, the TMJ. This is essentially our ‘jaw joint’ which is a hinge-like structure that connects or lower and upper jaws, and hence allows us to chew and swallow our food and talk, among other things.

The importance of this little joint can often be overlooked.

There is an integral relationship between our TMJ and our neck and upper back muscles. Basically, when we use our jaw, our jaw and neck muscle fire simultaneously, and vice versa. Poor posture like ‘head forward posture’ or slouching will impact our TMJ biomechanics. TMJ problems will impact our neck biomechanics. Now here comes the stretch; let’s go back to the sprained ankle. You start limping. Eventually your opposite knee and hip start to hurt because of it. You are now ‘shifting’ your biomechanics in a way that will have an impact on your upper back and neck, and yes even your jaw. Further to that, neck and TMJ problems may be related to other issues like headaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sinus problems and even snoring.

Healthcare professionals including dentists often overlook the importance and the integral role that the TMJ has on the body. The best approach is to address the whole body and this should involve an integrated approach among your health professionals. Here at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, we can address issues with the neck and back, or may directly treat the TMJ with acupuncture or LASER therapy.  Often patients are referred back to their dentist to deal with specific issues involving the TMJ, and there are more and more dentists out there that acknowledge the global impact that the TMJ has on our health.

If we can help you, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544

Happy, Healthy, Active Children

Children kids chiropractic Windsor Ontario Dr Scott ColasantiWith the warmer weather, children across Windsor and Essex County are outdoors and likely more physically active than during the winter months.

Children can be pretty rough on their bodies, and because they’re in a constant state of change, it’s essential to keep their growing bodies in good form and function.

Consider:

  • Your child complains of muscular or joint pain.
  • Your child’s posture – ‘forward head posture’ is a common problem in today’s world with the increase of tablets, smartphones and laptops.
  • Does your child suffer from headaches?
  • How does your child appear and move? Do they favour one side or limp? Does one shoulder or shoulder blade sit higher than the other? Is their head usually tilted to one side?
  • How physically active are your children? Here’s a simple guideline to help.

Chiropractic care can help people in all stages of life and development.

How does chiropractic care help?

  • The spine houses the nerves
  • The nerves affect every area of the body
  • If there is a misalignment in the spine, it affects nerves which affect the body

We love to see happy, healthy and active children. Whether your child is very active with sports or is more the imaginative type, we’d be help. Please call to make an appointment today – 519-258-8544

Widespread Pain, Tender Points, Fatigue? Must be Fibromyalgia.

Natural Help Therapies for Fibromyalgia Windsor Ontario Scott ColasantiFibromyalgia is a fairly commonly diagnosed (or misdiagnosed) condition. The hallmarks of this condition are widespread musculoskeletal pain, multiple local tender-points, fatigue, and even depression and anxiety. These are the most common symptoms but there is a myriad of other symptoms linked to fibromyalgia as well.

Fibromyalgia occurs more commonly in females, and there is really no known cause. It is a sort of “catch basin” for very common symptoms that occur in many people for many different reasons. It is because of these generalized symptoms and its elusive nature, that fibromyalgia is all too easily misdiagnosed. In fact, only recently has it received widespread acceptance as an actual medical syndrome. There was a time where many medical professionals did not even believe fibromyalgia to be an actual condition, or at the very least they may have considered it to be more of a psychological condition, rather than a rheumatic condition.

What causes fibromyalgia is still somewhat a mystery. There is some research suggesting that there may be a genetic component to it. The general consensus is that it is induced by some sort of trauma or insult to the body. This may be anything from a viral infection, physical trauma, or emotional trauma. Basically, when the body is subjected to such an overload, it may affect the central nervous system in a way to create increased sensitization to pain and increased inflammatory response throughout our bodies. We are designed to keep things in a state of balance, this is known as homeostasis. When this delicate balance is interrupted or damaged somehow, we may go ‘out of balance’.

With my patients, I like to use the analogy of our ‘thermostat’ goes out of whack and does not revert back to normal.

Fibromyalgia can be a very debilitating and chronic condition. Proper diagnosis requires a medical exam and lab tests to rule out other similar conditions like low thyroid function. Medical treatment relies mostly on pharmaceutical intervention.

As for other alternatives, as usual, I like to go back to the basics first with things like diet, sleep and exercise. In fact, regular exercise is one of the things that has shown to very effective in helping reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Acupuncture and chiropractic care can be very helpful because they help regulate the nervous system and allow the body to ‘reset’ the thermostat.

This overview is very general for such a complex condition, however, the bottom line is that our bodies have the ability to heal and we may be able to help by providing some tools to help push things in the right direction to do so.

If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and would like to try chiropractic or acupuncture, please call our office – 519-258-8544.