Describing Pain

Help defining pain huron church chiropractic Windsor onOur goal at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre is to help our patients maintain their good health – proactively with regular care. However, we understand that pain happens; whether by injury, illness or a chronic condition.

Some people struggle to describe their pain to doctors and others, which can make treatment and understanding the pain more challenging. Pain is also subjective; the way people hurt varies greatly from person to person.

Here are some tips to help you define your pain.

Onset – When did the pain start? Do you believe it was from an injury or activity?
Location – Where does it hurt? Do you feel associated symptoms elsewhere in your body? (Example: right shoulder pain and occasional numbness in the right hand.)
Type – What adjectives would you use to describe the pain? (Examples: sharp, achy, burning, throbbing.)
Intervals – Do you hurt all the time, or at certain times of the day or when performing any particular activities?
Management – How have you been managing the pain? When do you feel relief from the pain? Have you sought out other treatment options or medications?

To better understand the pain, some practitioners may request that the patient document their pain in a journal. The journaling process can help better define the pain quality, duration, related symptoms and onset by activity.

Using a scale of pain, while subjective, can also be helpful in describing the intensity of pain and how it affects the person’s life. Here is a general outline:

0 – Pain-free
1 – Very mild, hardly perceptible
2 – Minor pain, noticeable but more irritating than painful
3 – Noticeable pain, but it doesn’t affect daily activities
4 – Moderate pain, but hours can pass without thinking about it
5 – Moderate but significant pain which is noticed every few minutes and is starting to impact daily activities
6 – Significant pain which disrupts concentration and physical activities
7 – Severe pain affects the quality of life and interferes with normal sleep patterns
8 – Intense pain which limits nearly all physical activities and cognition is impaired
9 – Excruciating pain whereby the person cannot function physically or mentally
10 – Pain beyond description, the sufferer may be bedridden and delirious

Pain is a signal that something is not right in your body, and it should never be ignored. Seek out professional medical help at the onset to help prevent future problems and potentially increasing severity.

If we can help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us: 519-258-8544

Understanding Chronic Pain

Understanding and help for chronic pain Windsor OntarioDo you know someone who lives with chronic pain? 

Those suffering from chronic pain can understand that the physical pain they experience is only one element of a veritable cascade, which impacts every single aspect of their life.

First of all, just being in constant pain is tough not just physically, but also emotionally, and depression is a common diagnosis with chronic pain sufferers. Just imagine not knowing if or when the pain will ever subside. Think about starting every day for the rest of your life in terrible pain. Imagine friends, family and co-workers doubting the severity of your condition.

Now imagine being in pain – nighttime is a nightmare! Sleep is difficult, there is no comfortable position, there’s no break from the pain, even at night.

So, the chronic pain sufferer begins another day, tired, exhausted and in pain. They are not as physically active as they once were. They are not able to enjoy the activities they once did. Through this cycle, the chronic pain patient may gain weight, see friends or family less and slowly disassociate more from the world.

Now consider that a comfort to the chronic pain sufferer may be food, alcohol or drugs. These temporary and dangerous distractions may have long-term implications: weight gain, personality change and addiction. These factors may further deteriorate the already strained relationships with friends and family. These factors may further isolate them.

For chronic pain sufferers who have been prescribed pain relief medication, they are just “masking” the actual cause of the pain, and there will still be limitations on their physical abilities and overall quality of life… not to mention the opioid addiction crisis in Ontario and across North America.

The best way to avoid chronic pain and the cascade of associated problems is to be proactive and avoid pain from the start. Stretch, exercise, eat healthily and live a life with balance.

And when in pain, seek help immediately.

When your body is in pain, it’s a sign that “something is not right”. Seek to treat the actual cause of the pain, rather than covering up the painful symptoms up with drugs. When possible, utilize natural treatments to get you back into good health and to help you remain in good health.

Whether you’re in pain or feeling great, we’re here for you. Please call to schedule your appointment: 519-258-8544

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