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

All Natural Help for Cold & Flu Season

Natural Remedy for Cold and Flu Windsor Ontario Huron Church Chiropractic No one wants to be sick with the cold or flu. Many of us simply can’t afford to miss time away from work or school… not to mention enjoyable times!

We have homoeopathic supplements to help you and your family during flu and cold season.

There are 3 tinctures taken together; VAC-Tox, DRG Milieu and Fl Milieu.

These products can be taken by the whole family during cold and flu season to help prevent or lessen the symptoms related to a cold and flu in a natural way.

Please refer to Dr. Colasanti for direction on how, when and the dosage to take. Give us a call for your appointment or for more information: 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

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.