Tension Headaches

Tension Headache relief Huron Church ChiropracticTension headaches are one of the most common and debilitating headache types affecting about 20% of the world’s population.[1]

These headaches can occur as a result of stress and/or muscle and neck tension. Due to our increased stress levels, improper use of electronic devices and sedentary lifestyles, tension headaches are more common and frequent than ever before.

For those who suffer from tension-type headaches, it’s better to treat the problem rather than mask the symptoms with analgesics.

How can a Chiropractor help with tension headaches?

  • Spinal manipulation by a chiropractor can help alleviate joint irritation and muscle tension
  • Chiropractors can offer nutritional advice, depending on the cause of the headaches
  • Chiropractors can offer advice on stress reduction, improved posture,  ergonomics, exercises and stress-reducing relaxation techniques

How can a tension-type headache be avoided?

  • Take a movement and stretch break every 30 minutes if you’re normally in a fixed position. Slowly stretch and move all of your body through a comfortable range of motion
  • Avoid teeth clenching, as this can lead to a type of tension headache caused by TMJ
  • Stay hydrated and drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day
  • Practice relaxation and stress reduction techniques
  • Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet

If you suffer from regular or occasional tension-type headaches, please call the office to arrange for your appointment. We’d be pleased to help you. 519-258-8544


[1] Vos, T (Dec 15, 2012). “Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010.”. Lancet 380 (9859): 2163–96. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61729-2.PMID 23245607.

Exercises For Lower Back Pain

Dr. Stuart McGill is a spine researcher and professor at the University of Waterloo, who takes a proactive stance with low back pain through injury avoidance techniques and rehabilitation when required. He recommends  the “big three exercises.”

Although these exercises are low in intensity and very safe, it’s recommended that you consult with your chiropractor or primary physician before initiating any exercise plan.

The Curl Up

The Bird Dog

The Side Bridge

If you have any questions about your lower back pain, or to schedule your chiropractic visit, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544

Dealing With Neck Pain

Neck Pain Help relief Windsor Ontario Huron Church ChiropracticNeck pain is a fairly common complaint and can vary from mildly annoying to debilitating.

There are numerous causes of neck pain: muscle strains and tension, problems with the small joints in the vertebra, disk related conditions, neck sprains, or a problem somewhere else in the body resulting in ‘referral’ neck pain.

It’s always important to remember to treat the problem and not just symptoms of neck pain.

Chiropractic care is very effective in diagnosing and treating all types of neck pain.

Please call our office in Windsor for an appointment or more information – 519-258-8544.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you or someone you know is experiencing numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the thumb, index and middle fingers, it is likely because of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Windsor Ontario Huron Church ChiropracticThis condition is caused by compression and irritation of the median nerve which is one of the main nerves that supplies the upper extremity.  The median nerve originates from the spinal cord (like all nerves), at the lower part of the neck, and travels down the arm,  eventually  passing through a narrow space in the wrist which is formed by 8 wrist or carpal bones (forming the ‘floor’ of the tunnel) which are bridged by a ligament (forming the ‘roof’ of the tunnel).  The main structures that pass through this ‘tunnel’ are the tendons that attach to the muscles that flex the wrist and fingers, and the median nerve.  

When this space becomes compromised, usually due to inflammation from overuse, it may compress the median nerve which creates the aforementioned symptoms.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common affliction of modern society because for many of us, our jobs can be very repetitive and straining to the tissues forming the carpal tunnel. Activities such as typing, or factory work are common culprits.  Carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts with numbness, tingling and pain, but if it persists for long enough, may lead to weakness, and muscle wasting (atrophy).  

Carpal tunnel syndrome, especially in the early stages can respond very well to conservative therapies. Like anything else, a ‘common sense’ approach is usually first in line, so if you are performing a job that causes strain, then ‘removing’ the irritating factors will go a long way.  Chiropractic treatment is often very effective for this condition because the goal will be to reduce or remove irritation of the median nerve, from its roots in the neck right down to the carpal tunnel itself in the wrist.  Because we are dealing with tissue damage and inflammation here, the treatment modalities discussed in previous blogs may work well here.  In particular LASER therapy and acupuncture help not only reduce inflammation but they promote repair of nerve tissue.  A combination of hands-on therapy like chiropractic treatment, and modalities like LASER and acupuncture, as well as home exercises and stretches, are a sensible approach to correcting this problem.  Advanced cases, and those that don’t respond to conservative therapies may require more invasive measures like cortisone injection or even surgery as a last resort.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome please call us for an appointment, we offer many therapies to help. 519-258-8544

The Therapeutic Effects of Cold LASER Therapy

How does Cold LASER Therapy work?

Cold Laser Therapy Windsor Ontario Dr. Scott ColasantiLASER is a concentrated of light energy.  Through a process known as photobiostimulation, the LASER stimulates the cellular response required for accelerated healing and pain reduction.  LASER therapy may also be used in place of acupuncture treatments, without having to use needles.

What are the beneficial therapeutic effects of Cold LASER Therapy?

  • Promotes rapid cell growth which helps with the body’s healing process.
  • Faster wound healing, Cold LASER Therapy accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue.
  • Increases metabolic activity which results in higher outputs of enzymes and the production of the energy source for cells.
  • Reduces the development of scar tissue.
  • Improves joint mobility by reducing inflammation.
  • Speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection in damaged tissue.

If you’re curious if Cold LASER Therapy could help you, please don’t hesitate to call us for more information: 519-258-8544