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

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

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

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

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic Pain Help treatment Windsor On What is chronic pain? Chronic pain is pain that lasts 3 months or persists longer. Chronic pain may:

  • Range from mild discomfort to severe and debilitating
  • Be specific in area or generalized
  • Occur as a result of an injury, illness, infection, lifestyle or unknown cause
  • Be present in all areas of the body
  • Manifest as continual or regularly re-occurring pain

Implications of chronic pain

Often chronic pain is accompanied by other problems such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and relationship challenges; thereby affecting all areas of a person’s life.

Common chronic pain conditions include:

  • Arthritis/rheumatism
  • Back problems (non-arthritic)
  • Chronic bronchitis/emphysema
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stomach/intestinal ulcers
  • Migraine

It’s estimated that 17% of the population aged 15 and over currently experience chronic pain. [1]

Chronic pain costs more than cancer, heart disease and HIV combined.

Estimates place direct health care costs for Canada to be more than $6 billion per year.

Productivity costs related to job loss and sick days equate to $37 billion per year.

Chronic pain is associated with the worst quality of life as compared with other chronic diseases such as chronic lung or heart disease.[2]

Help for Chronic Pain

Treatment is focused on alleviating the causes of the pain which may involve surgery or less invasive techniques such as muscle strengthening, and avoiding activities which provoke the pain.

Prescription opioids are commonly prescribed to patients with chronic pain, which may lead to adverse side effects, dependency and abuse – a growing problem in health care today.

Natural treatments to help correct the cause of chronic pain, manage painful symptoms and reduce opioid use may include:

  • Deep tissue massage with stimulation of trigger points
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Heat therapy, ice therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physical therapy (exercises, stretching)
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation
  • Herbal supplements

Be sure to consult with your primary chronic pain physician before trying any new treatment options. If we can help you naturally help with your chronic pain condition, please reach out to us for a consultation: 519-258-8544

Looking for support for your chronic pain? Visit this online resource.

[1] http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/1995004/article/2819-eng.pdf

[2] (Phillips and Schopflocher 2008; Schopflocher, Jovey et al. 2010)

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/