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.

How to Relieve Headache Pain Naturally

Natural relief for headaches Windsor Ontario ChiropractorMany of us suffer from an occasional headache, while others suffer chronically. It’s easy to reach for an over-the-counter pain reliever to rid yourself of the pain, however dependence on this ‘band-aid’ fix can be dangerous.

It’s always best to treat the problem, rather than mask the symptoms of the problem.

The most common type of headache is the ‘tension-type’ headache. Tension headaches are usually the result of:

  • Physical and/or emotional stress
  • Poor posture
  • ‘Forward head posture’ from working on computers or spending significant time on electronic devices
  • Muscle strain due to repetitive movements

Natural relief for headaches

Stretch – Regardless of what type of work or activity causes your headaches, it’s a great idea to stretch and move around every half hour if possible. It helps keep your body stay limber, your muscles loose and your blood flowing.

Self-massage – After stretching, spend a few moments massaging your neck and shoulders. This will help relieve muscle tension and improve blood flow.

Change your habits – Spending too much time, especially non-essential time, on computers or mobile devices can create unnecessary strain in your neck and shoulder muscles.

Improve your diet – Eliminating processed foods and reducing your salt intake, while consuming more water will help your body function at a higher level.

Seek professional help

Chiropractor – Chiropractic adjustments reduce the tension in the muscles and joints of the neck and back, helping to alleviate nerve irritation, improving range of motion and blood flow.

Registered Massage Therapist – Massage therapy is an excellent way to relieve muscle tension, targeting the neck, shoulders and back muscles.

Acupuncturist – Acupuncture helps with many neurological conditions, such as headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, and dizziness. The stimulation of nerves via acupuncture results in endogenous pain control, tapping into your body’s own pharmacy, causing the release of pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory chemicals.

Ophthalmologist – Eye strain could be a cause of your headaches. Being equipped with a proper prescription and comfortable eyeglasses could help with your headaches.

We offer many natural therapies to help you with your headache pain. Please call for your appointment today – 519-258-8544.

World Spine Day

The focus of World Spine Day in 2017 is on the importance of body awareness and activities that promote a healthy spine.

“Your Back in Action”

It was just a simple thing, until it wasn’t…

Whether it’s dressing, playing, or sitting, sometimes, daily tasks aren’t so easy. That’s a message that rings all to true for many of us and for those we love. This World Spine Day, we’re dedicated to recognizing those not-so-simple things, and letting you know that chiropractic care is here for you.

Pain changes everything. Chiropractic care changes pain.

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Over The Counter Pain Relievers

Are over the counter pain relievers safe Many believe that ‘Over the Counter’ or OTC drugs are not dangerous as they can be purchased without a prescription.

This simply isn’t true. There can be adverse effects of OTCs.

For pain ‘relief’ common types are Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, Advil and Aleve. While these medications can provide temporary ‘relief’ from pain, even these OTC drugs can cause problems, consider:

  • Taking a higher than the recommended dosage, which can put the user at risk or an overdose.
  • Taking the medication more frequently or for a longer period of time than necessary, which can put the user at risk or an overdose.
  • Possible adverse effects such nausea and dizziness. Also more serious effects such as stomach bleeds, liver damage and ulcers.
  • Adverse reactions with vitamins, other OTCs, prescription drugs and alcohol.
  • It’s also possible to cause more damage to your body while the pain reliever ‘masks’ the problem.

When we hear advertisements for these OTC drugs, we often hear expressions like:

  • Control pain
  • Manage pain
  • Relief from pain

What about treating the cause of the pain?

OTC pain relievers only cover up or ‘mask’ the pain – they simply don’t treat the cause of the pain.

The pain is the symptom of the problem.

Treat the cause of the pain

Naturally, with therapies such as:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Cold LASER Therapy
  • Soft tissue manipulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Massage

Change the focus to prevention

  • Behaviour modification (avoiding the action that caused the pain)
  • Stretching
  • Exercise
  • Maintenance care (regular chiropractic adjustments)

We hope that you can understand how important it is to treat the cause of your pain and work towards getting and keeping you healthy proactively.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment – 519-258-8544

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