Get Out and Enjoy the Bounty of Summer

Enjoy and Active Summer in Windsor EssexLonger days, warm weather, fresh air, kids out of school… Are you taking advantage of summertime?

Summer is our chance to relax and enjoy after enduring the cold harsh winter. For most of us, summer is the time to enjoy outdoor activities like biking, hiking, camping, swimming, barbecues, etc. – not to mention the many festivals and events to be experienced.

In Windsor – Essex County, our seasons are fleeting and this seems to be especially true for summertime… so here are some ways to take advantage of the summertime.

Get out and be active

Why be cooped up in a stuffy gym, or in lounging in front of the TV or the iPad?

There are so many ways to exercise outdoors, from running to swimming to biking, golf, kayaking, paddle-boarding, etc.

It’s the perfect time to ‘change up’ from the same old routines, and our bodies definitely benefit from these kinds of changes.

Of course, when we are braving the elements we should definitely stay well hydrated, use sunblock and avoid full sun exposure. Injury prevention is also important; take note of uneven terrain and use caution with more ‘extreme’ environments. As with all exercise, a proper warm-up is essential.

Enjoy locally-produced fresh produce

When we buy produce from the grocery store, it is generally ‘old’ by the time it hits the shelves. Fresh and local food not only tastes better but it has a higher nutrient content because it is fresh. It is not only a good thing to support local farmers, but it is also healthier and environmentally friendly to enjoy food that is in-season.

Check out this local farmer’s guide by clicking here.

Unwind

Summer is a great time to enjoy the more important things in life like family. Summer activities are a perfect way to spend time with the ones that you love.

Watch a sunset, go for a walk, eat a Popsicle, play catch… sometimes the simplest activities can create lasting memories.

We believe that wellness and good health is about balance, so take the time to enjoy the bounties of summer.

The days are getting shorter and before we know it, fall and winter will be upon us before we know it… Make sure that you can look back and say, “I had a great summer!”

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.

Jaw Pain and Muscle Tension?

help for neck jaw upper back pain Windsor Ontario ChiropractorAn injury or problem in one area of your body can impact other areas.

For example, if you sprain your ankle and are limping, other parts of your body, like your knees and your hips may be affected because they have to compensate for the abnormal biomechanics of your gait.

When it comes to examples like that, it takes no stretch of the imagination to see that relationship. However, abnormal biomechanical changes in the body usually have much more far-reaching impacts.  An often-overlooked area of the body is the temporomandibular joint or simply, the TMJ. This is essentially our ‘jaw joint’ which is a hinge-like structure that connects or lower and upper jaws, and hence allows us to chew and swallow our food and talk, among other things.

The importance of this little joint can often be overlooked.

There is an integral relationship between our TMJ and our neck and upper back muscles. Basically, when we use our jaw, our jaw and neck muscle fire simultaneously, and vice versa. Poor posture like ‘head forward posture’ or slouching will impact our TMJ biomechanics. TMJ problems will impact our neck biomechanics. Now here comes the stretch; let’s go back to the sprained ankle. You start limping. Eventually your opposite knee and hip start to hurt because of it. You are now ‘shifting’ your biomechanics in a way that will have an impact on your upper back and neck, and yes even your jaw. Further to that, neck and TMJ problems may be related to other issues like headaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sinus problems and even snoring.

Healthcare professionals including dentists often overlook the importance and the integral role that the TMJ has on the body. The best approach is to address the whole body and this should involve an integrated approach among your health professionals. Here at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, we can address issues with the neck and back, or may directly treat the TMJ with acupuncture or LASER therapy.  Often patients are referred back to their dentist to deal with specific issues involving the TMJ, and there are more and more dentists out there that acknowledge the global impact that the TMJ has on our health.

If we can help you, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544