Noisy Joints – Snaps, Cracks and Pops

Why do joints crackOur noisy joints are one of the medical mysteries of the body, which most people experience during their lifetime. When a joint is “cracked” many people experience a feeling of release and a reduction in joint tension.

To understand the possible causes of joint sound, let’s first review the anatomy of a joint. A joint is comprised of many structures:

  • Bone
  • Ligaments – elastic bands of tissue which connect bones
  • Tendons – elastic bands of tissue which connect muscles to bones
  • Cartilage – a firm, yet flexible connective tissue which may deteriorate with age or injury
  • Meniscus – a curved type of cartilage found in some joints
  • Synovial membrane – encapsulates the joint
  • Synovial fluid – acts as a lubricant
  • Bursas – fluid-filled sacs which help cushion the joint

There are also several types of joints found in the body which allow for a different type of movement:

  • Ball and socket joints – rotation (ex: shoulder)
  • Hinge joints – bending and straightening (ex: fingers)
  • Pivot joints – limited rotation (ex: neck)
  • Ellipsoidal joints – a variety of movements and rotations (ex: wrist)

Knowing all the complicated structures to a joint as well as the types of joints, it’s no surprise that the shoulders are often the loudest. Grinding, clicking, popping, cracking sounds are quite common in the shoulders.

What causes the joints to make noise? There are a variety of possible reasons as well as theories as to why joints make sounds, including:

  • Compression of nitrogen bubbles within the synovial fluid of a joint.
  • Ligaments stretching and releasing
  • Tendons changing position

As we age, our joints tend to make more noise as cartilage wears down and there is more friction and space to create sound. It was once thought that regular cracking or joints cause arthritis, but that’s no longer believed to be true. However, a recent study suggested a relationship between habitual finger joint cracking and decreased hand strength and joint swelling.

While popping and cracking is normal, it’s imfortant to visit a physician if you experience pain or swelling in a joint.

Joint health tips:

  • Stretch before physical activities
  • Practice good lifestyle and work ergonomics
  • Good posture
  • Try supplements such as mega-3 fatty acids, calcium and glucosamine (speak to your doctor first!)
  • Practice good bone health

We’re here for you and all your joints! If we can answer questions or help you with healthy joints, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544

One Visit, Many Therapies

Cold Laser Therapy Windsor Ontario Dr. Scott ColasantiIf you have visited us for a chiropractic appointment, and depending on your condition, you may have experienced that a chiropractic visit at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre usually entails more than just a chiropractic adjustment.

We believe in treating the root cause of the problem, and that often entails the use of other non-invasive therapies.

These therapies may include:

  • Heat Therapy – Helps reduce muscle pain and stiffness by improving blow flow to the area of focus.
  • Electrical Stimulation – By sending light electrical pulses to the affected area of the body, circulation improves, muscle spasms reduce and the endorphins are released (the body’s natural pain reliever).
  • Ultrasound – Helps reduce pain, stiffness, improves blood flow and accelerates the healing process with pain-free sound waves creating a deep heat therapy.
  • Massage – A brief soft tissue massage performed by your chiropractor or with an electrical appliance, helps reduce muscle tension, improve circulation as well as the many other benefits of massage therapy.
  • Trigger Point Therapy – Muscle tension can often immediately be relieved by applying heavy pressure to a particular area using fingers or thumbs.
  • Cold LASER Therapy – Is a fast, safe, and effective healing modality, which helps speed up healing, as well as reduce pain.
  • “Take Home” Recommendations – Chiropractors are trained to give recommendations to help your body heal and keep it healthy. Recommendations may include exercise, stretches, ergonomic improvements, lifestyle changes and nutrition and supplement advice.

Depending on your ailment, we often utilize multiple therapies in one visit to give you the best value for your time, money and health. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or to schedule your next visit: 519-258-8544

Is a Chiropractic Adjustment Safe?

Is Chiropractic Care Safe Windsor On Dr Scott ColasantiSome people who have never visited a chiropractor may ask: Is a chiropractic adjustment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, non-invasive and drug-free options available for relief and symptom improvement for a wide variety of physical ailments.

Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, although it’s important to note that no medical treatment is completely risk-free of adverse affects.

While most patients experience relief after a chiropractic adjustment, some people may feel:

  • Slight discomfort, mild soreness or brief pain which generally lasts no longer than 24 hours[1]
  • Stiffness
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness

It’s important to us that all patients are confident and informed. If you are considering chiropractic care and have concerns, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544

[1] Senstad O, et al. Frequency and characteristics of side effects of spinal manipulative therapy. Spine 1997 Feb 15;435-440.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Chiropractor Windsor On Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body, and when it hurts, it can affect every area of your life, from work to leisure to getting a good nights sleep.

Shoulder pain can vary in intensity from mildly annoying to painfully debilitating. Whether your pain is acute due to an injury or has developed slowly over time, it’s important to determine and treat the cause of the pain and not just mask the symptoms.

Typically, shoulder pain is the result of 5 issues:

  • Tendon inflammation (bursitis or tendonitis) or tear
  • Instability (separation or dislocation)
  • Referral neck or back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture

It’s important to get a proper diagnosis, with an understanding of your medical history including any injuries or daily activities that may have caused the pain. You also may be required to have imaging done; such as x-rays, ultrasound or an MRI.

Approximately 90% of people with shoulder pain do not require surgery.[1] The most common treatments may include:

  • Resting the shoulder area
  • Ice or compression to help reduce inflammation
  • Ultrasound
  • Cold LASER therapy
  • Stretching and muscle building exercises
  • A chiropractic adjustment of the shoulder area and spine may be helpful to ensure that your body is in proper alignment. When you experience pain or discomfort, your body naturally reacts by overcompensating in another, and your shoulder pain might be causing other symptoms elsewhere in your body.

Be wary of masking the pain with anti-inflammatory medicine, as this may cause a false feeling of relief and further injury may occur.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, please reach out to us, we’re here to help: 519-258-8544

[1] http://health.uconn.edu/msi/clinical-services/orthopaedic-surgery/shoulder-injuries-and-conditions/shoulder-pain/

Healthy Travel Tips

Travel tips for a healthy vacationEscaping the Windsor – Essex weather this winter? Lucky you! While traveling, it’s important to consider your spinal health.

Here are some tips to help you take care of your spine while traveling.

Pack light – Carrying overloaded suitcases, moving them in and out of vehicles can be extremely stressful on your back, and your vacation is the worst time for an unexpected injury! Pack your necessities in small, lightweight, easy to move bags.

Be mindful when lifting heavy bags to never pivot at your waist, which places tremendous stress on your spine and lower back. Rather move your feet and lift with your leg muscles, not your back.

Utilize curb side assistance and/or your shuttle/cab drivers to help with your heavy or awkward to maneuver bags.

Move, stretch, move – Sitting for prolonged periods isn’t natural for the human body. Make a point to move and stretch every 30 minutes if possible when traveling.

Be aware of your posture – Sitting in cramped or uncomfortable plane, train or car seats can hurt your spinal health. Be certain your lower back is well supported with the use of a travel pillow, and that your knees are bent at a 90% angle and your feet have a footrest.

Staying hydrated will help your brain and muscles function normally in the abnormal travel situation.

Know your limits – With the winter weather, many of us are used to a less active lifestyle. Be certain not to over exert yourself while on vacation and stretch before all physical activity.

Review your travel medical insurance – if a medical emergency should arise, be absolutely certain that you’re covered. Even a minor medical problem while outside of Ontario can cause financial devastation.

We hope that you enjoy your time away!

Chiropractic Care and Balance

Balance and Chiropractic Care Scott Colasanti Windsor On Poor balance may be attributed to causes such as injury, disease, disorder (such as Meniere’s or side effects of medications), aging, blood pressure or chemical imbalance.

The vestibular system regulates our sense of balance. The system begins in the inner ear and sends signals to your brain, multiple organs, sensory systems and structures within the body.

The body’s position and balance is detected by this complex system with helps with posture, balance when in motion, and keeping visual focus when your body position changes.

When any of the parts related to the vesibular system are not functioning properly, issues with balance may arise. Symptoms may include problems with motor control, dizziness, weakness and tremors; just to name a few.

If you feel any of the following you should seek medical advice to determine the cause of your imbalance.

  • Feeling of moving, although still
  • Falling or feeling that you may fall
  • Unsteadiness
  • Light-headedness, dizziness
  • Visual disturbances

How chiropractic can help with balance

Because the nervous system is the master control system of the entire body, and the majority of the nervous system is housed within the spine; nervous system interference may significantly affect balance. Spinal joints that are not properly aligned can result in misinformation being communicated to the brain about the body’s position and movement.

In a small study focusing on patients with neck pain, balance issues and dizziness, there was a noteworthy improvement of symptoms with regular chiropractic adjustments. [1]

If you are experiencing issues with balance, it’s important to see your doctor for a diagnosis. Chiropractors are able to help with many issues related to balance, including Vertigo. To schedule your chiropractic appointment, please reach out to us. 519-258-8544 or email hcchiropractic@gmail.com

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2786230/