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

How to Live a More Positive Life

We can get stuck in a negative frame of mind from even one bad experience. This negativity can affect your outlook, personal interactions, and overall satisfaction of life.

Social psychologist Alison Ledgerwood demonstrates why we tend to focus on the negative and what can be done to have a more positive outlook on life.

Can you change your thinking for a happy, healthier life?

  • Look for the positive in all situations
  • Write down a few things each day that you are grateful for
  • Share positive experiences with others
  • Forgive, be compassionate and move on

We wish you health and happiness.

Healthy Inspiration

We’ve compiled a short list of some healthy inspiration for you.

If you wait for perfection, you’ll never get anything done.

What would you try if you knew you wouldn’t fail?

Trust farmers more than chemists.

Health is not valued till sickness comes. ~ Thomas Fuller

Stress is the trash of modern life-we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. ~ Danzae Pace

Don’t allow stress to steal the beauty from your life.

What keeps you working towards improved health? How do you stay motivated? We’d love to hear your advice… please leave a comment below.

Help for Sports Injuries

Runner climbing stepsWhether you’re an athlete, a week-end warrior or an armchair quarterback; no one wants to be sidelined with injuries – but it happens to us all.

Get a medical diagnosis

It’s important to receive a professional opinion on your injury and follow the doctor’s orders. Depending on severity, it may be as simple as heat, ice and rest, or seeking a surgical consultation.

There may be other options to help you not only heal faster, but also to be proactive and avoid future injury and downtime. Here are some additional therapies to explore to help which may help you get back in the game faster.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic care can help with structural problems, such as helping to restore normal functioning of the body from an injury related to the spine or any joint. Athletes who regularly utilize chiropractic care are taking preventative measures to remain healthy; keeping the spine properly aligned during training and nerves functioning at an optimum level.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture can benefit athletes in two ways:

Preventative – During periods of strenuous training, regular acupuncture can help keep areas susceptible to injury healthier.

Speed healing from injuries – Acupuncture can help speed healing time for acute injuries which involve inflammation – including post surgery.

Cold LASER Therapy

This natural and pain-free method to improve healing has a wide range of benefits for athletes and non-athletes alike, suffering from both acute and chronic pain. Cold LASER therapy helps:

  • Decrease inflammation
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve nerve functioning
  • Increase cell metabolism
  • Relieve pain and discomfort

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy can greatly benefit athletes preventatively (reduce stress, reduce muscle adhesions and inflammation, improve circulation) and post soft tissue injury.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may be a critical component to getting you back in the game. Once your injury has healed enough to allow movement, physical therapists can recommend exercises and stretches to help expedite the healing process.

If you’re prone to certain injuries, Physical Therapist can also recommend techniques to help avoid these injuries in the future.

To help avoid future problems always take note of what activities cause pain, strain or injury. Be continuously proactive in maintaining your body’s good health. Seek professional advice on proper training and form as necessary.

If we can help you be proactive in maintaining your athletic performance or help you speed your recovery from a sports injury, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544

Wellness in the Workplace

Casual employees gathered for a work meetingIs your business ready to move toward a happier and healthier workplace? What is workplace wellness?

Workplace wellness is the promotion of practices which support healthy behavior and wellness in the workplace.

Creating a wellness plan in a business does not have to be an expensive endeavor, nor does it have to be a company policy (although it is recommended). Improved health in the workplace can be initiated by an employee, management or the business ownership.

Whether you are a business owner or an employee; everyone benefits from a healthier workplace. Employees who participate in workplace wellness plans:

  • Take less sick time off work
  • Have higher rates of productivity
  • Are happier in general
  • Enjoy an improved work-life balance

A good place to start is by addressing current health issues within your workplace. Do most employees have a sedentary job? Are there healthy snack or food options on hand? Is it a stressful work environment? Is worker safety an problem?

Understanding and addressing the most common issues first will encourage participation and continued growth of a workplace wellness plan.

There are many resources available to business owners and employees who are looking for a healthier workplace. A great place to start is by visiting this website, where you can find great ideas for improved wellness in your workplace, develop SMART goals and find support. Good luck!

The Best Reasons to See a Chiropractor

Happy, healthy, smiling coupleLife is busy, and finding time to take care of our health can often fall to the bottom of our to-do lists.

How many times have you heard a friend or family member say…

“I really should see my chiropractor.”

“I really need to see my chiropractor.”

It’s important to make time for your health in times of sickness of course, but also in times of wellness; to help keep you healthy.

Here are 12 great reasons to see your chiropractor:

In pain or sickness, chiropractic care helps:

  • With pain relief without using medication
  • Treat the cause of the pain, rather than just managing the painful symptoms
  • Reduce muscle tension and spasms as well as joint irritation
  • Remove nerve interference
  • The body tap into its own natural self-healing abilities
  • Reduce stress and anxiety, which may help improve quality of sleep

In health, chiropractic care helps:

  • With immune system functioning
  • Improve posture
  • Maintain and support good organ functioning
  • Improve balance, co-ordination, range of motion and joint flexibility
  • Removes nerve interference that might be problematic, but isn’t expressed as a painful symptom
  • Your body function at its best, including cognitively

Chiropractic is an all-natural and low-cost (may be covered by your employee health insurance) solution to not only help with pain, but to maintain great health. Please call us today to schedule your appointment: 519-258-8544