Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex and difficult to diagnose medical condition. Often the diagnosis is a result of ruling out many other possible conditions.
If you have been diagnosed CFS and want to explore options to supplement your conventional treatment routine, consider the following:
It’s important to involve your medical doctor and all practitioners to develop a successful treatment program. Before starting any alternate or complementary therapies, be certain to consult with your doctor.
- Chiropractic – Spinal adjustments help increase range of motion, reduces nerve irritation, and improves spinal health.
- Osteopathy – Osteopathic treatments help improve circulation, improve mobility and restore health.
- Physical Therapy – Along with the application of heat, cold, ultrasound and the use of electrical stimulation, the Physical Therapist can also recommend therapeutic exercises to help with the symptoms of CFS.
- Acupuncture – Acupuncture can help relieve pain and the ‘cupping’ technique can help with muscle tension.
There is, unfortunately, no cure for CFS, and often the most successful treatment is one of coping and symptom alleviation. If you’d like to explore alternative and complementary treatment options, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 519-258-8544
For many of us, we spend a good part of the work day confined behind a desk, an electronic device or a steering wheel. Too much of any one thing is never good – especially a lack of movement.
Problems related to prolonged sitting have reached epidemic proportions
When we sit, our joints aren’t moving, our digestion slows down and our blood isn’t flowing as it should – which even impairs brain functioning!
“I’ll take the stairs next time.”
Certainly great in theory, but along with prolonged sitting, we’re also time-crunched and busy people. So when you think, ‘tomorrow I’ll move more’ or ‘next time I’ll take the stairs’, remember:
“Either we control our own health, or allow someone else to manage our sickness.”
Make a plan of action and add more physical activity to your day
Here are some tips:
- Set the alarm on your cell phone to ring every hour. Stand-up, stretch, take a brisk one minute walk and drink some water.
- Stand up and if possible walk around when having a phone conversation
- Park at the back of the parking lot
- Commit to taking the stairs at every opportunity
- Wear a pedometer and set step goals for yourself
- Enlist friends and co-workers to become more physically active at work
- Hold, or ask your employer to have a ‘walking meeting’
- Visit a co-worker as opposed to sending an email or text
If you’re able to reduce stress, you’ll feel more willing and able to move more throughout the day. Always remember what’s really important in your life – good health and healthy relationships.
A question often asked by patients is, ‘How often do I need to come in for an adjustment?’
The default answer to this is usually, ‘It depends.’
Well, everyone is different so it really depends on a number of factors: first of all, the reason a person is seeking chiropractic care in the first place. Other factors include the patient’s overall health and their history of illness and injury.
There is a wide spectrum between the smoothie-toting elite athlete and the Big Mac-toting beer belly couch-potato. Nonetheless, most people come in with some sort of complaint such as, ‘I hurt my back’ or, ‘I have a headache’.
After assessing all areas related to the patient’s health, a chiropractic treatment plan is formulated. This again ‘depends’ on the initial complaint, but generally speaking, most problems require a number of treatments over the course of days to weeks.
At the onset of care, the treatment frequency is usually higher, such as every other day or in some acute cases, every day for several days. Treatment progress is monitored on every visit. As the patient begins to improve, the frequency of treatment can be reduced until they reach a point where they feel 100% or they have reached their maximum recovery.
From here, the transition of care may be to a level where we can help ‘maintain’ proper structure and hopefully prevent future injuries.
Very often the patients that come in to get treated for their aches and pains realize the other benefits of chiropractic care and will elect to continue treatment on a regular basis.
Some people come in for care without a complaint per se, but they see the value of chiropractic care as part of their health regime in maintaining good health.
It is important to remember that most problems don’t begin with the onset of pain. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that enough is enough. With the exception of acute injuries, pain is the last thing to show up and the first to leave so it is not the best indicator of functional problems. The key, of course, is to prevent pain and potentially more damage to the body.
Maintenance care may range from once every couple of weeks to once every few months, again, depending on the individual. Of course, lifestyle changes like adequate diet and exercise and proper posture are part of the picture in maintaining or supporting good health.
So to answer the question: ‘How many chiropractic adjustments do I need?’ – Well, it depends.
We are now well into the New Year. How are you doing with the health goals you made for yourself?
It’s been a tough two months weather-wise in Windsor Essex. The extreme cold and abundance of snow have kept many of us indoors and perhaps more inactive.
It’s a great time to review your overall health goals. Here are some considerations:
- What has been working for you so far this year?
- What has been your biggest challenge?
Moving forward, now is the perfect time to recommit to becoming more healthy. Here are some tips:
- Re-evaluate your goals and be realistic, even small changes can result in big rewards.
- What is one simple change you can make? Focus on a new healthy goal every week and in no time it will be a habit.
- Breaking down your goals into smaller, attainable chunks is easier than looking at the big picture.
- Focus on your accomplishments and if you have a bad day, don’t let it become a bad week or month.
- Changing up your healthy routines regularly will help you stay motivated.
- Do something good for yourself, try acupuncture, see your chiropractor or have a massage.
We can help you attain your goals – start today! Please call us for an appointment and discover how we can help you be your best in 2014. 519-258-8544.
Our hips are big, important joints and they play an essential role in our body’s normal movement and stability.
There are many common causes of hip pain, including:
- Injuries or trauma
- Stress due to wear and tear
- Compensating for other misaligned body structures
- Pain which originates elsewhere, but it felt in the hip area
When normal movement is restricted, other parts of the body need to work harder to compensate. Just like all parts of our bodies, if our hips are misaligned, it can have effects in other areas.
- How do our hips become misaligned?
- Poor posture
- Sitting or standing too long
- Trauma or injury
- Compensating for other misaligned body structures
- Unusual or incorrect sleeping position
Chiropractors will seek to learn the cause and the source of hip pain (along with a thorough patient history) and may create a personalized treatment plan. A chiropractor may recommend natural treatment options, such as:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Exercises to build supporting muscles
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Postural advice
Taking care of your hip health is important for everyone, including children! Consider their growth as well as their activity levels: all which impact proper hip functioning. Our hips and our entire body benefit from regular chiropractic care!
If you are suffering from hip pain and live in the Windsor, Ontario area, please reach to us to schedule your visit: 519-258-8544
Because it works!
Many professional athletes regularly utilize the services of a chiropractor to help them maintain their bodies and stay in top form. It’s not just about helping with sports-related injuries – it’s about maintaining good health.
If it works for athletes, it can work for you!
Call today for your appointment – 519-258-8544.