Healthy Summer Bucket List

Windsor Essex Summer Bucket ListMany families have prepared a “Summer Bucket List” to help keep their children active and entertained this summer.

We’d like to suggest adding some “healthy” activities to your list! Best of all, these healthy options are low cost and great for the entire family.

  • Visit a farmer’s market and see if your family can make a full day’s healthy menu from only local products
  • Create a goal of how far to walk along Windsor’s Riverfront
  • Challenge your family to bike a lengthy portion of the Greenway
  • Walk all the way from the Visitor’s Centre at Point Pelee to the very tip of the Point
  • Be “junk food free” for an entire weekend
  • Disconnect everyone from wifi and cellular data for a day and spend the time working on a family project or playing board games

A bucket list can create lasting family memories, and adding healthy challenges may just become healthy habits.

Let us know your healthy bucket list items! Good luck and enjoy!

Back Pain – A Health Issue in Ontario

Windsor Ontario Chiropractor help for low back painConsider the following:

Low back pain is a major cause of healthcare expenditure with direct and indirect costs amounting to $1.2 billion a year in Ontario alone.1

At any given point in time, 15 per cent of the population suffers from chronic low back pain. 2

Low back problems are second only to cardiovascular disease as a major cause of chronic health problems & long-term disability.3

“Chronic low back pain patients are commonly referred to orthopedic surgeons, even though about 90 per cent are not surgical candidates.  They are also often referred for unnecessary expensive diagnostic services such as MRIs,” says Dr. Robert Haig, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Chiropractic Association.

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 which benefit the patient

If you are suffering with back pain, please call our office to schedule an appointment – 519-258-8544.

1 – Ontario Chiropractic Association, 2004.  Manga P, Angus D, et al. (1993).  The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic management of low-back pain.  Statistics Canada.  Health status of Canadians:  Report of the 1991 General Social Survey, Ottawa, 1994.
2 –  Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD1, Vijay Singh, MD2, Sukdeb Datta, MD3, Steven P. Cohen, MD4, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD5, Comprehensive Review of Epidemiology, Scope,and Impact of Spinal Pain, 2009.
3 – Stokes J, Desjardins S, et al.  Economic Burden in Health Canada.  Arthritis in Canada: An ongoing challenge.  Ottawa:  Health Canada, 2003 (Cat. # H39-4/14-2003E), pp. 42.

Welcome to Huron Church Chiropractic & Family Wellness Centre

519-258-8544

2780 Totten St. Windsor Ontario

Please note that our practitioner’s hours vary. While we welcome walk-ins, we recommend that you call first to ensure your practitioner is available. 519-258-8544

We are excited to announce that as of August 1st, 2018, we will be moving to 2445 Dougall Avenue – in Dorwin Plaza, across the street from Zehrs and Winners.

We look forward to seeing you at our new location.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Dr. Colasanti’s (BSc DC) Hours

Monday:
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8 am – 5 pm
Closed
8 am – 4 pm
10 am – 6 pm
8am – 12pm
Please call for availability

Christina Dragovic (BA, RMT) Hours

Monday:
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12pm – 7pm
10am – 7pm
12pm – 7pm
10am – 7pm
10am – 5pm

We recognize that you have a choice when it comes to your preferred Chiropractor or Massage Therapist. That’s why we want you to be as relaxed and informed as possible about our practice; muscle, bone, joint and connective tissue health issues; and natural health treatment options. On behalf of all the Huron Church Family Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre staff, we welcome you to our practice and look forward to helping you and your family preserve a lifetime of good health.

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New Location Announcement

We are excited to announce that as of August 1st, 2018, we will be moving to 2445 Dougall Avenue – in Dorwin Plaza, across the street from Zehrs and Winners.

We look forward to seeing you at our new location. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours in health,

Dr. Scott Colasanti BSc DC
519-258-8544

Help for Plantar Fasciitis

Help for Plantar Fasciitis Scott Colasanti Windsor OntarioDoes it feel like stepping on glass when you put weight on your foot? 

This condition could be a common condition called plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis? 

The plantar fascia is the thick band of connective tissue that spans the bottom of the foot, from the forefoot to the heel and plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this tissue.

How does plantar fasciitis happen?

During normal gait, our heel strikes the ground first, and as we shift our weight forward we transfer our weight to our mid and forefoot. As this shift from the rear to the forefoot happens, the plantar fascia stretches and helps propel us forward. When we put excessive strain on the foot such as with poor footwear, prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces, or weight gain to name a few, the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed.

If this condition becomes prolonged, it can lead to heel spurs. This happens as bone has a tendency to deform along the lines of stress that it is subjected to. Therefore the excessive stress and the pulling force on the heel where the plantar fascia attaches can become a bone spur.

As with any health condition, when possible, it is best to get to the root of the problem. Discussing the patient’s history will often reveal things like poor footwear, recent weight gain, or excessive stress on the feet (like running on pavement for example).  An examination will reveal biomechanical problems with feet, ankle, knees, hips, or back.

What can be done about plantar fasciitis?

  • Avoid the activities that caused the problem (ex: running on pavement or wearing poor footwear)
  • Stretching the plantar fascia, icing, and foot exercises
  • Wearing proper footwear, and avoiding walking in bare feet
  • Custom foot orthotics are often necessary and very helpful.
  • Ultrasound, electric stimulation, and LASER therapy can help promote healing and reduce inflammation
  • Soft-tissue manipulation techniques help to improve the healing and reduce the stress.
  • A plantar fasciitis night splint may also be necessary. This helps keep the plantar fascia in a stretched position at night during sleep, which also promotes healing.

Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful and debilitating so it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing this type of pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment 519-258-8544.

The Fringe Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Is Chiropractic Care Safe Windsor On Dr Scott ColasantiChiropractic treatment is probably best known for treating musculoskeletal complaints, whether it be a sprain/strain, headache, sciatica etc. When a new patient comes in to see me, I perform a standard history and orthopaedic exam on the person. On most patients, I also perform a postural check and I assess the motion of the spinal joints.

Why is this important?

Structure and function go hand in hand. If we allow the day-to-day stresses of our jobs and lifestyles to build, they can create problems, from minor to severe. Being that the spine is central to our structure and also happens to be the ‘relay station’ of our central and peripheral nervous systems, it becomes important to address issues that arise there. This may manifest as restriction and pain in one or more regions of the spine and pelvis. These restrictions in the spinal joint are often referred to as subluxation complexes.

On the other side of the equation, if there are problems with the organs or with other tissues that are supplied by these same nerves, this may manifest as a problem at the corresponding spinal level (at the relay station).  The main goal here is to restore the motion in these restricted segments and thereby also reducing irritation to the nervous system. Keeping in mind that this is ‘high-traffic’ area of the nervous system, performing chiropractic adjustments sets off a cascade of events like; reduction of muscle spasms, a release of endorphins, and a decrease in local inflammation – just to name a few.  I often compare chiropractic adjustments to hitting the ‘re-boot’ on your computer.

I will give an example of a scenario that I often see. Jane comes in with chronic pain in her mid-back, between her shoulder blades. She has a stressful job, drinks a lot of coffee, and her diet is not the best. During her history, I also learn that she has symptoms of gastric reflux, which she is taking medication for. Upon examination, I notice several levels of spinal restriction and pain in her mid-back. As part of the treatment, I perform a chiropractic manipulation on this area. During her follow-up visit she says that her back feels a lot better, and oddly enough, her reflux symptoms are much improved as well.

So what could have happened here? The area of her chief complaint in her back also happens to be the same area that gives nerve supply to the stomach region, therefore it is possible that by helping reduce the irritation to the nerves in that area, that other areas supplied by those nerves may have also benefited. I have seen these ‘fringe benefits’ of chiropractic care happen countless times in my office.

Why not make an appointment for your chiropractic adjustment and reap the ‘fringe benefits’? Just give us a call at 519-258-8544.