Complementary Therapies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Natural Therapy options CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Scott ColasantiChronic 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

Healthy Goals

Health Goals Advice Huron Church ChiropractorWe 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.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you or someone you know is experiencing numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the thumb, index and middle fingers, it is likely because of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Windsor Ontario Huron Church ChiropracticThis condition is caused by compression and irritation of the median nerve which is one of the main nerves that supplies the upper extremity.  The median nerve originates from the spinal cord (like all nerves), at the lower part of the neck, and travels down the arm,  eventually  passing through a narrow space in the wrist which is formed by 8 wrist or carpal bones (forming the ‘floor’ of the tunnel) which are bridged by a ligament (forming the ‘roof’ of the tunnel).  The main structures that pass through this ‘tunnel’ are the tendons that attach to the muscles that flex the wrist and fingers, and the median nerve.  

When this space becomes compromised, usually due to inflammation from overuse, it may compress the median nerve which creates the aforementioned symptoms.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common affliction of modern society because for many of us, our jobs can be very repetitive and straining to the tissues forming the carpal tunnel. Activities such as typing, or factory work are common culprits.  Carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts with numbness, tingling and pain, but if it persists for long enough, may lead to weakness, and muscle wasting (atrophy).  

Carpal tunnel syndrome, especially in the early stages can respond very well to conservative therapies. Like anything else, a ‘common sense’ approach is usually first in line, so if you are performing a job that causes strain, then ‘removing’ the irritating factors will go a long way.  Chiropractic treatment is often very effective for this condition because the goal will be to reduce or remove irritation of the median nerve, from its roots in the neck right down to the carpal tunnel itself in the wrist.  Because we are dealing with tissue damage and inflammation here, the treatment modalities discussed in previous blogs may work well here.  In particular LASER therapy and acupuncture help not only reduce inflammation but they promote repair of nerve tissue.  A combination of hands-on therapy like chiropractic treatment, and modalities like LASER and acupuncture, as well as home exercises and stretches, are a sensible approach to correcting this problem.  Advanced cases, and those that don’t respond to conservative therapies may require more invasive measures like cortisone injection or even surgery as a last resort.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome please call us for an appointment, we offer many therapies to help. 519-258-8544

Chiropractic Care and Your Immune System

Boost your immune system chiropractic careWhile chiropractic adjustments don’t specifically treat your immune system, improving the immune system’s functioning is one of many ‘fringe benefits‘ of chiropractic care.

How does chiropractic care help your immune system? 

  • Chiropractic adjustments help correct ‘subluxations’ (or joint dysfunctions) in your spine.
  • Your spine houses your nerves.
  • Your nerves effect every area of your body, including your immune system.

When the joints in the spine are better aligned, and stress is relieved from the nervous system, the communication within the nervous system is improved; thus helping the immune system function properly.

Children, in particular, seem to benefit the most from this ‘fringe benefit’ of chiropractic care. We’ve seen great results with chiropractic adjustments helping children with ear infections, tonsillitis, allergies and asthma – just to name a few.

If you’re not feeling your best, (or even if you are!) call to arrange your chiropractic appointment, and maybe you’ll experience one of the many ‘fringe benefits’! 519-258-8544

Health Review

How to be healthier Huron Church Chiropractor Windsor On Anytime is a good time for a review of your overall health.

Here are the actions to take:

  1. List what you do on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to maintain your good health.
  2. List the unhealthy activities you engage in.
  3. Write a plan to eliminate the unhealthy aspects of your life.

The first step will help you feel accomplished by documenting the ways you maintain good health such as by regular exercise.

By writing down the unhealthy activities in the second step, you’re acknowledging that there are areas for improvement.

By making a plan to eliminate the less-than-desirable aspects of your wellbeing, you’re documenting the steps and taking action.

Here are some articles to help you make your goals a reality:

Be sure to hare your plan and your goals with supportive loved ones, so they can help you.

All the best to you!