Nearly 2 million Ontarians use the services of a chiropractor each year; so why are so many Ontarians choosing chiropractic care?
- Chiropractic care is low cost, often covered by workplace insurance plans
- Chiropractic care is non-invasive
- Chiropractic care is effective
- Chiropractic care treats the problem
- Chiropractors utilize several therapies for treatment
- Chiropractors often work in collaboration with physical and massage therapists to benefit the patient
Whether you’re suffering from pain, or feeling great, now is a great time to start chiropractic care. Please call our office to schedule an appointment – 519-258-8544.
Feeling better and improving your overall health can be achieved simply by becoming more physically active.
There are so many benefits to exercise:
- Stress relief
- Strengthen your heart, muscles and bones
- Improve circulation exercise
- Achieve and maintain good mobility and flexibility
Can you add just a little more activity into your day? Check out this past article for some easy ideas!
Many believe that ‘Over the Counter’ or OTC drugs are not dangerous as they can be purchased without a prescription.
This simply isn’t true. There can be adverse effects of OTCs.
For pain ‘relief’ common types are Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, Advil and Aleve. While these medications can provide temporary ‘relief’ from pain, even these OTC drugs can cause problems, consider:
- Taking a higher than the recommended dosage, which can put the user at risk or an overdose.
- Taking the medication more frequently or for a longer period of time than necessary, which can put the user at risk or an overdose.
- Possible adverse effects such nausea and dizziness. Also more serious effects such as stomach bleeds, liver damage and ulcers.
- Adverse reactions with vitamins, other OTCs, prescription drugs and alcohol.
- It’s also possible to cause more damage to your body while the pain reliever ‘masks’ the problem.
When we hear advertisements for these OTC drugs, we often hear expressions like:
- Control pain
- Manage pain
- Relief from pain
What about treating the cause of the pain?
OTC pain relievers only cover up or ‘mask’ the pain – they simply don’t treat the cause of the pain.
The pain is the symptom of the problem.
Treat the cause of the pain
Naturally, with therapies such as:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Cold LASER Therapy
- Soft tissue manipulation
Change the focus to prevention
- Behaviour modification (avoiding the action that caused the pain)
- Maintenance care (regular chiropractic adjustments)
We hope that you can understand how important it is to treat the cause of your pain and work towards getting and keeping you healthy proactively.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment – 519-258-8544
Labour Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Children will soon be returning to their school routines, as will their parents.
As we enter the last few months of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on your health successes and recommit to your goals.
Here are a few articles to help inspire you:
Healthy Choices Become Healthy Habits
Want Better Health? Get Back to the Basics
It’s Easy to Be More Active
From our family at Huron Church Chiropractic, we wish you a happy and healthy Labour Day weekend.
Many of us may find it hard to believe that we’re nearly half-way through the year, but the calendar doesn’t lie!
With the bounty of summer nearing and all the fantastic outdoor activities available to us in Windsor and Essex County, now is a great time to review and renew our commitment to improved health.
How are you doing with your health goals? Are you more active? Healthier? Happier? Less stressed? Here are some considerations and healthy inspiration for you:
We’re here for you! If we can help you, please reach out to us. 519-258-8544
Our 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:
- 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