Widespread Pain, Tender Points, Fatigue? Must be Fibromyalgia.

Natural Help Therapies for Fibromyalgia Windsor Ontario Scott ColasantiFibromyalgia is a fairly commonly diagnosed (or misdiagnosed) condition. The hallmarks of this condition are widespread musculoskeletal pain, multiple local tender-points, fatigue, and even depression and anxiety. These are the most common symptoms but there is a myriad of other symptoms linked to fibromyalgia as well.

Fibromyalgia occurs more commonly in females, and there is really no known cause. It is a sort of “catch basin” for very common symptoms that occur in many people for many different reasons. It is because of these generalized symptoms and its elusive nature, that fibromyalgia is all too easily misdiagnosed. In fact, only recently has it received widespread acceptance as an actual medical syndrome. There was a time where many medical professionals did not even believe fibromyalgia to be an actual condition, or at the very least they may have considered it to be more of a psychological condition, rather than a rheumatic condition.

What causes fibromyalgia is still somewhat a mystery. There is some research suggesting that there may be a genetic component to it. The general consensus is that it is induced by some sort of trauma or insult to the body. This may be anything from a viral infection, physical trauma, or emotional trauma. Basically, when the body is subjected to such an overload, it may affect the central nervous system in a way to create increased sensitization to pain and increased inflammatory response throughout our bodies. We are designed to keep things in a state of balance, this is known as homeostasis. When this delicate balance is interrupted or damaged somehow, we may go ‘out of balance’.

With my patients, I like to use the analogy of our ‘thermostat’ goes out of whack and does not revert back to normal.

Fibromyalgia can be a very debilitating and chronic condition. Proper diagnosis requires a medical exam and lab tests to rule out other similar conditions like low thyroid function. Medical treatment relies mostly on pharmaceutical intervention.

As for other alternatives, as usual, I like to go back to the basics first with things like diet, sleep and exercise. In fact, regular exercise is one of the things that has shown to very effective in helping reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Acupuncture and chiropractic care can be very helpful because they help regulate the nervous system and allow the body to ‘reset’ the thermostat.

This overview is very general for such a complex condition, however, the bottom line is that our bodies have the ability to heal and we may be able to help by providing some tools to help push things in the right direction to do so.

If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and would like to try chiropractic or acupuncture, please call our office – 519-258-8544.

Cold Laser Therapy – Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve been recommended to try cold laser therapy, know that we use the industry leading Theralase brand. Here are a few frequently asked questions about cold laser therapy.

Do Theralase lasers burn?

No. There are two general types of medical lasers: heat generating lasers which cut through tissue and damage tissue and cold lasers such as the Theralase, which stimulate tissue repair, reduce inflammation and eliminate pain.

Are Theralase lasers harmful?

No. Theralase lasers used for tissue stimulation are not strong enough to damage cells; so even if they were used 24 hours a day on your condition, they would not be able to harm you.

Do Theralase lasers work?

Yes. Theralase laser therapy is safe, effective and painless, with results which are often immediate with no side effects. Efficacy rates in excess of 90% are routinely achieved.

How do Theralase lasers work?

When laser light interacts with tissue it causes certain photochemical reactions to occur and stimulates natural biological healing processes, thus transforming light energy into chemical energy.

How long does the therapy take?

Treatment time will vary from as little as 2 minutes to as long as 20 minutes per session. The total number of treatment sessions required varies between 5 to 25 depending on your body’s natural healing rate and the severity of your condition.

If you have any additional questions, or to book your appointment please do not hesitate to contact our office at 519-258-8544.

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How to Relieve Headache Pain Naturally

Natural relief for headaches Windsor Ontario ChiropractorMany of us suffer from an occasional headache, while others suffer chronically. It’s easy to reach for an over-the-counter pain reliever to rid yourself of the pain, however dependence on this ‘band-aid’ fix can be dangerous.

It’s always best to treat the problem, rather than mask the symptoms of the problem.

The most common type of headache is the ‘tension-type’ headache. Tension headaches are usually the result of:

  • Physical and/or emotional stress
  • Poor posture
  • ‘Forward head posture’ from working on computers or spending significant time on electronic devices
  • Muscle strain due to repetitive movements

Natural relief for headaches

Stretch – Regardless of what type of work or activity causes your headaches, it’s a great idea to stretch and move around every half hour if possible. It helps keep your body stay limber, your muscles loose and your blood flowing.

Self-massage – After stretching, spend a few moments massaging your neck and shoulders. This will help relieve muscle tension and improve blood flow.

Change your habits – Spending too much time, especially non-essential time, on computers or mobile devices can create unnecessary strain in your neck and shoulder muscles.

Improve your diet – Eliminating processed foods and reducing your salt intake, while consuming more water will help your body function at a higher level.

Seek professional help

Chiropractor – Chiropractic adjustments reduce the tension in the muscles and joints of the neck and back, helping to alleviate nerve irritation, improving range of motion and blood flow.

Registered Massage Therapist – Massage therapy is an excellent way to relieve muscle tension, targeting the neck, shoulders and back muscles.

Acupuncturist – Acupuncture helps with many neurological conditions, such as headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, and dizziness. The stimulation of nerves via acupuncture results in endogenous pain control, tapping into your body’s own pharmacy, causing the release of pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory chemicals.

Ophthalmologist – Eye strain could be a cause of your headaches. Being equipped with a proper prescription and comfortable eyeglasses could help with your headaches.

We offer many natural therapies to help you with your headache pain. Please call for your appointment today – 519-258-8544.

There is no Magic Pill for Good Health

How to be healthy Windsor Ontario Dr Scott ColasantiGood health does not come in a bottle of pills.

Treat your health problems at their core, whatever they might be, and don’t mask the symptoms with drugs or neglect your problems.

Good health comes from:

  • Eating well
  • Exercise
  • Regular sleep
  • Avoiding stress
  • Seeing your doctors proactively to maintain good health, rather than reactively to manage illness

If you’re ready to start your healthy journey, please call us, we’d be happy to help – 519-258-8544

Complementary Therapies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Natural Therapy options CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Scott ColasantiChronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex and difficult to diagnose medical condition. Often the diagnosis is a result of ruling out many other possible conditions.

If you have been diagnosed CFS and want to explore options to supplement your conventional treatment routine, consider the following:

It’s important to involve your medical doctor and all practitioners to develop a successful treatment program. Before starting any alternate or complementary therapies, be certain to consult with your doctor.

  • Chiropractic – Spinal adjustments help increase range of motion, reduces nerve irritation, and improves spinal health.
  • Osteopathy – Osteopathic treatments help improve circulation, improve mobility and restore health.
  • Physical Therapy – Along with the application of heat, cold, ultrasound and the use of electrical stimulation, the Physical Therapist can also recommend therapeutic exercises to help with the symptoms of CFS.
  • Acupuncture – Acupuncture can help relieve pain and the ‘cupping’ technique can help with muscle tension.

There is, unfortunately, no cure for CFS, and often the most successful treatment is one of coping and symptom alleviation. If you’d like to explore alternative and complementary treatment options, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 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