TENS Therapy

TENS Therapy Windsor Ontario Chiropractor Scott ColasantiWe have mentioned before that when you visit us here at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, that your chiropractic appointment may often include other therapies.

Today we’ll look at one common therapy we use: TENS.

What is TENS?

TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. TENS is a very common method of electrical nerve stimulation. “Transcutaneous” means that which is applied onto unbroken skin and penetrates through to the lower layers.

We apply electrodes to the muscles which are related to the pain. The level of electrical current is based on feedback from the patient. Most patients feel a tingling or massaging sensation and involuntary muscle contraction. Generally, a TENS session lasts around 15 minutes.

Benefits of TENS therapy

  • Reduces inflammation to the applied and surrounding areas
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps to speed healing
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Release endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers.
  • Help block pain signals from nerves

Often this therapy is performed in conjunction with heat therapy, where heat packs are placed above the TENS electrodes for the duration of the session. The heat also improves circulation which often makes a chiropractic adjustment easier as the muscles are more relaxed, the related nerves stimulated and the patient in less pain.

If you are looking for a chiropractor in Windsor, Ontario please gives us a call to schedule your appointment. 519-258-8544

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

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8 am – 5 pm
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10 am – 6 pm
8am – 12pm
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Christina Dragovic (BA, RMT) Hours

Monday:                                                        12pm – 7pm
Tuesday:                                                       10am – 7pm
Wednesday:                                                  12pm – 7pm
Thursday:                                                      10am – 7pm
Saturday:                                                      10am – 5pm

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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.

Back to School Tips

Happy Healthy Back to school TipsWe all want our children to be happy and succeed in school. A successful school year begins with a success start to the school year.

Here are our ideas to help you prepare yourself, your children and your house for a great school year.

Reset internal sleep clocks

Returning to a normal sleep schedule can be the most challenging part of children going back to school.

Get your kids into bed 15 minutes earlier than their summer normal, and awake 15 minutes early each day until they are back on their school sleep routine well in advance of the first day.

Get organized

Reduce stress on the entire house by getting organized. Create a family calendar and a calendar for each child. It’s the perfect place to document all after school activities, field trips, doctor appointments and assignment deadlines.

Involve the children in updating their calendars and checking in daily to see upcoming priorities.

Shop, but don’t over shop

Most children will require some clothes and supplies for back to school, but this is a good opportunity to demonstrate to your kids that a happy life doesn’t revolve around owning “things” – just buy them the necessities and the basics.

A good life is focused on what’s important; family, experience, personal growth and expression.

Plan meals ahead of time

  • Take the time to prepare a week’s menu in advance to help:
  • Remove much of the stress related to meal planning
  • Avoid time consuming extra trips to the grocery store
  • Eliminate expensive and unhealthy fast food meals

Involve your children in choosing school lunches and meal planning to help them understand the importance of making healthy decisions.

Appointments

Use the last few weeks of summer to take care of your child’s health. Taking care of doctor visits now (including your chiropractor!) will ease the stress of a new school year.

Getting into a well organized back to school routine will help establish lasting good habits. Reducing stress within the family dynamic will help everyone focus on what’s important; another successful school year.

From our families to yours, we wish you all the best!

Understanding Radicular Pain

Help for neck pain Chiropractor Windsor onRadicular pain is caused the compression, inflammation and/or injury to a spinal nerve root. The condition may be a result of an injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, bulging or herniated discs.

While symptoms vary greatly, this pressure on the spinal nerves may result in sensations such as:

  • Pain radiating from the back down through the legs
  • Pain radiation from the neck through the shoulders and upper back
  • Tingling or numbness in the related extremities
  • Leg or arm pain
  • Pain or stiffness in the neck, shoulder and/or back
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatic pain
  • Unexpected muscle weakness
  • Diminished reflexes

As with all types of pain, a proper diagnosis is paramount and is best treated by addressing the source of the problem rather than masking the symptoms with drugs.

Studies have shown that chiropractic manipulations can help alleviate the pressure and reduce the irritation on the problematic nerve root. Your chiropractor may also recommend spinal decompression, heat and/or cold therapy, massage therapy and lifestyle changes to help avoid a future reoccurrence.

If you’re looking a natural pain relief, chiropractic may help you. Please reach out to us for more information or to schedule your visit: 519-258-8544

Sciatica

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment Windsor OntarioIf you’ve ever suffered from sciatic pain or known someone who has, then you may understand how truly debilitating this condition can be.

What is sciatica pain?

This pain is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain associated with sciatica is typically felt from the lower back area, down through the buttocks and thigh and radiating below the knee often to the foot.

Often the pain of sciatica is associated with numbness and tingling in the legs and feet.

Sciatica can range in severity from slightly irritating to completely debilitating.

Be aware of ‘self-diagnosis’ of sciatica. Lower back pain radiating to the buttock, and hip or pelvic pain are not necessarily sciatica and proper diagnosis is essential to determine the best course of action.

What is the sciatic nerve?

  • The sciatic is the largest nerve in the body.
  • This nerve is housed within the spine.
  • Nerve signals travel to and from the brain through the spinal cord and then the spinal nerves. These spinal nerves branch off of the spinal cord at every spinal level.
  • The sciatic nerve is comprised of several of these spinal nerves from the lower lumbar and sacral (pelvic) region, which come together to form the large sciatic nerve.

The large distribution of this nerve also explains the pain that arises from it when it is irritated.

What are some common causes the sciatic nerve to become irritated?

  • There’s not a lot of extra space in the body, and with the large size of this nerve, there’s a lot of opportunity for irritation and the resulting pain.
  • Disc herniations – Bulges that may form in the disc can “press” on the nerves.
  • Arthritis and normal wear and tear – Changes to the bones and tissues which surround the nerves can result in a diminished the spaces around the nerves.
  • Trauma or injury
  • Spondylolisthesis – A vertebra may slip over an adjacent vertebra which results in spinal root nerve compression and sciatic pain.
  • Pregnancy – During pregnancy sciatic pain may occur as a result of the increased physical demands on the spine and/or the increased competition for space in the pelvic region.
  • Piriformis syndrome – The piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region can become inflamed or spasm, often irritating the nearby sciatic nerve.
  • Tumours

How is sciatica treated?

The simple answer is to remove the factors which cause the irritation of the sciatic nerve if possible.

Recommended non-surgical, natural options may include:

  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Stretching
  • Exercises to strengthen the lower back

To help manage the pain, anti-inflammatories may be recommended – but be aware that these drugs often “mask” the pain as well as the problem, rather treating the cause of the irritation.

We recommend people who are prone to sciatic pain be proactive and take action to prevent reoccurrence. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question about your lower back pain. 519-258-8544

Help for Healing

Cold Laser Therapy Windsor Ontario Dr. Scott ColasantiWhether you suffer from an acute injury, arthritis, wounds that won’t heal or issues related to inflammation, Cold LASER Therapy may help you.

How does it work?

Cold LASER Therapy penetrates deep into the tissue, promoting cellular regeneration at the source of the issue.

Cold LASER Therapy penetrates deep into the tissue, promoting cellular regeneration at the source of the problem.

Laser energy helps to repair damaged cells by accelerating the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

This video demonstrates how Theralase Cold Laser Therapy works:

Cold LASER Therapy:

  • Offers quick relief from inflammation
  • Reduces pain fast
  • Accelerates healing
  • Safe & non-invasive

If you would like to try Cold LASER Therapy, please reach out to us to schedule your appointment: 519-258-8544