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

Sciatica

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment Windsor OntarioIf you’ve ever suffered from sciatic pain or known someone who has, then you may understand how truly debilitating this condition can be.

What is sciatica pain?

This pain is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain associated with sciatica is typically felt from the lower back area, down through the buttocks and thigh and radiating below the knee often to the foot.

Often the pain of sciatica is associated with numbness and tingling in the legs and feet.

Sciatica can range in severity from slightly irritating to completely debilitating.

Be aware of ‘self-diagnosis’ of sciatica. Lower back pain radiating to the buttock, and hip or pelvic pain are not necessarily sciatica and proper diagnosis is essential to determine the best course of action.

What is the sciatic nerve?

  • The sciatic is the largest nerve in the body.
  • This nerve is housed within the spine.
  • Nerve signals travel to and from the brain through the spinal cord and then the spinal nerves. These spinal nerves branch off of the spinal cord at every spinal level.
  • The sciatic nerve is comprised of several of these spinal nerves from the lower lumbar and sacral (pelvic) region, which come together to form the large sciatic nerve.

The large distribution of this nerve also explains the pain that arises from it when it is irritated.

What are some common causes the sciatic nerve to become irritated?

  • There’s not a lot of extra space in the body, and with the large size of this nerve, there’s a lot of opportunity for irritation and the resulting pain.
  • Disc herniations – Bulges that may form in the disc can “press” on the nerves.
  • Arthritis and normal wear and tear – Changes to the bones and tissues which surround the nerves can result in a diminished the spaces around the nerves.
  • Trauma or injury
  • Spondylolisthesis – A vertebra may slip over an adjacent vertebra which results in spinal root nerve compression and sciatic pain.
  • Pregnancy – During pregnancy sciatic pain may occur as a result of the increased physical demands on the spine and/or the increased competition for space in the pelvic region.
  • Piriformis syndrome – The piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region can become inflamed or spasm, often irritating the nearby sciatic nerve.
  • Tumours

How is sciatica treated?

The simple answer is to remove the factors which cause the irritation of the sciatic nerve if possible.

Recommended non-surgical, natural options may include:

  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Stretching
  • Exercises to strengthen the lower back

To help manage the pain, anti-inflammatories may be recommended – but be aware that these drugs often “mask” the pain as well as the problem, rather treating the cause of the irritation.

We recommend people who are prone to sciatic pain be proactive and take action to prevent reoccurrence. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question about your lower back pain. 519-258-8544

Lower Back Pain

Help for Low Back Pain Chiropractor Windsor OnOne of the most common types of pain chiropractors regularly help with is lower back pain.

Why is the lower back so vulnerable to pain?

Whether acute or chronic, lower back pain can be caused by many factors, such as:

  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Trauma, such as a fall
  • Sports injury
  • Poor posture
  • Lifestyle causes or poor work ergonomics
  • Lack of muscle tone
  • Fractures
  • Degenerative disease
  • Deformities

Additionally, the lower back is comprised of many complicated structures, making it susceptible to injury and pain:

  • Muscle stress or strain
  • Ligament sprain
  • Bulging or ruptured disks
  • Joint dysfunction

Regardless of the cause or type of lower back pain you suffer from; chiropractic care may be able to help you. In Windsor or Essex County, please reach out to us to arrange for your chiropractic consultation: 519-258-8544

Why Does Your Back Hurt?

Unknown Cause of Back Pain is Very Common It may be surprising to note that 85-95% of Canadians cannot identify the cause of their back pain.

When a specific origin of back pain is undetermined, it’s believed that many factors may contribute, such as:

  • Lack of muscle tone in the back and abdomen
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor posture
  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Work or lifestyle ergonomics
  • Psychological factors (depression, chronic stress)

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasion and all-natural treatment option to help correct the source of the pain, and address lifestyle improvement options for all around better health. Please reach out to us if you’re living with back pain. 519-258-8544

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!

Low Back Pain – Considerations

Windsor Ontario Chiropractor help for low back painAcute or chronic low back pain can seriously affect your day to day activities and your overall enjoyment of life.

Did you know:

  • In six-month period, five in 10 Canadians will suffer from lower back pain, &
  • Up to 85% of working people will experience low back pain during their lifetime [1]

If you are experiencing lower back pain, consider that the pain may due to a muscle or ligament strain, or a problem with a joint, disc or nerve in your lower back.

Listen to your body

  • Is your pain or discomfort a result of an injury that you are aware of?
  • Is the pain severe or an ongoing dull ache?
  • Are you experiencing muscle spasms?
  • Are you feeling any numbness in your body?
  • Is the area tender to the touch?
  • Is your lower back pain a re-occurring problem?
  • Is your normal range limited?
  • Do you feel relief by stretching or using heat or ice?
  • Does your pain radiate to other parts of your body such as your buttocks or legs?

See your chiropractor

Regardless of the cause of your pain, it’s best to treat the problem with chiropractic care, rather than masking the symptoms with drugs. The temporary relief from drugs may result in your problem becoming worse or resulting in a cascade affect – producing pain in other areas of your body, such as your hips, knees or even feet.

We use a variety of therapies customized to your body and your pain, such as:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Ultra sound
  • Cold LASER therapy
  • Soft tissue manipulation
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Lifestyle recommendations

Because the incidence of low back pain re-occurrence rates are high, it’s best to seek help immediately.

Please call us to arrange for your appointment – 519-258-8544

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9762743