Over The Counter Pain Relievers

Are over the counter pain relievers safe 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
  • Ultrasound
  • Massage

Change the focus to prevention

  • Behaviour modification (avoiding the action that caused the pain)
  • Stretching
  • Exercise
  • 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

Have a Great Labour Day Weekend

Labour Day Windsor Essex ChiropractorLabour 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.

Understanding Chronic Pain

Understanding and help for chronic pain Windsor OntarioDo you know someone who lives with chronic pain? 

Those suffering from chronic pain can understand that the physical pain they experience is only one element of a veritable cascade, which impacts every single aspect of their life.

First of all, just being in constant pain is tough not just physically, but also emotionally, and depression is a common diagnosis with chronic pain sufferers. Just imagine not knowing if or when the pain will ever subside. Think about starting every day for the rest of your life in terrible pain. Imagine friends, family and co-workers doubting the severity of your condition.

Now imagine being in pain – nighttime is a nightmare! Sleep is difficult, there is no comfortable position, there’s no break from the pain, even at night.

So, the chronic pain sufferer begins another day, tired, exhausted and in pain. They are not as physically active as they once were. They are not able to enjoy the activities they once did. Through this cycle, the chronic pain patient may gain weight, see friends or family less and slowly disassociate more from the world.

Now consider that a comfort to the chronic pain sufferer may be food, alcohol or drugs. These temporary and dangerous distractions may have long-term implications: weight gain, personality change and addiction. These factors may further deteriorate the already strained relationships with friends and family. These factors may further isolate them.

For chronic pain sufferers who have been prescribed pain relief medication, they are just “masking” the actual cause of the pain, and there will still be limitations on their physical abilities and overall quality of life… not to mention the opioid addiction crisis in Ontario and across North America.

The best way to avoid chronic pain and the cascade of associated problems is to be proactive and avoid pain from the start. Stretch, exercise, eat healthily and live a life with balance.

And when in pain, seek help immediately.

When your body is in pain, it’s a sign that “something is not right”. Seek to treat the actual cause of the pain, rather than covering up the painful symptoms up with drugs. When possible, utilize natural treatments to get you back into good health and to help you remain in good health.

Whether you’re in pain or feeling great, we’re here for you. Please call to schedule your appointment: 519-258-8544

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

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

Dr. Colasanti’s (BSc DC) Hours

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Saturday:
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:                                                        12pm – 7pm
Tuesday:                                                       10am – 7pm
Wednesday:                                                  12pm – 7pm
Thursday:                                                      10am – 7pm
Saturday:                                                      10am – 5pm

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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.

Back to School Tips

Happy Healthy Back to school TipsWe all want our children to be happy and succeed in school. A successful school year begins with a success start to the school year.

Here are our ideas to help you prepare yourself, your children and your house for a great school year.

Reset internal sleep clocks

Returning to a normal sleep schedule can be the most challenging part of children going back to school.

Get your kids into bed 15 minutes earlier than their summer normal, and awake 15 minutes early each day until they are back on their school sleep routine well in advance of the first day.

Get organized

Reduce stress on the entire house by getting organized. Create a family calendar and a calendar for each child. It’s the perfect place to document all after school activities, field trips, doctor appointments and assignment deadlines.

Involve the children in updating their calendars and checking in daily to see upcoming priorities.

Shop, but don’t over shop

Most children will require some clothes and supplies for back to school, but this is a good opportunity to demonstrate to your kids that a happy life doesn’t revolve around owning “things” – just buy them the necessities and the basics.

A good life is focused on what’s important; family, experience, personal growth and expression.

Plan meals ahead of time

  • Take the time to prepare a week’s menu in advance to help:
  • Remove much of the stress related to meal planning
  • Avoid time consuming extra trips to the grocery store
  • Eliminate expensive and unhealthy fast food meals

Involve your children in choosing school lunches and meal planning to help them understand the importance of making healthy decisions.

Appointments

Use the last few weeks of summer to take care of your child’s health. Taking care of doctor visits now (including your chiropractor!) will ease the stress of a new school year.

Getting into a well organized back to school routine will help establish lasting good habits. Reducing stress within the family dynamic will help everyone focus on what’s important; another successful school year.

From our families to yours, we wish you all the best!