Chiropractic – Bridging the Gap Between Sickness and Health

How to be healthier - Chiropractic careWhy do we wait to see a doctor only when we’re ill?

Yearly check-ups with your health care team are preventative in nature when early warning signs to potential health problems can be discovered and more effectively managed; thereby maintaining your health, instead of managing your sickness.

This proactive health maintenance concept bridges the gap between sickness and health.

Consider the preventative maintenance that chiropractic offers:

  • The nervous system controls and coordinates all structures and functions in the human body.
  • Problems that may affect or irritate the spinal structures may negatively impact the related structures, organs, and functions of your body
  • Chiropractic care can minimize these stressors on the physical structures of the body, potentially preventing problems.
  • Chiropractic adjustments sets off a cascade of physical benefits, such as a reduction of muscle spasms, a release of endorphins, and a decrease in local inflammation.

Most of us perform regular maintenance on our vehicles… oil changes, fluid top-up, tire rotations… to keep our cars running well. We need to apply this preventative maintenance to our bodies as well.

Regular chiropractic adjustments are an important part of not just getting you back to good health, but keeping you in your healthy form!

Give us a call today to start your healthy maintenance program! 519-258-8544

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.

Happy, Healthy, Active Children

Children kids chiropractic Windsor Ontario Dr Scott ColasantiWith the warmer weather, children across Windsor and Essex County are outdoors and likely more physically active than during the winter months.

Children can be pretty rough on their bodies, and because they’re in a constant state of change, it’s essential to keep their growing bodies in good form and function.

Consider:

  • Your child complains of muscular or joint pain.
  • Your child’s posture – ‘forward head posture’ is a common problem in today’s world with the increase of tablets, smartphones and laptops.
  • Does your child suffer from headaches?
  • How does your child appear and move? Do they favour one side or limp? Does one shoulder or shoulder blade sit higher than the other? Is their head usually tilted to one side?
  • How physically active are your children? Here’s a simple guideline to help.

Chiropractic care can help people in all stages of life and development.

How does chiropractic care help?

  • The spine houses the nerves
  • The nerves affect every area of the body
  • If there is a misalignment in the spine, it affects nerves which affect the body

We love to see happy, healthy and active children. Whether your child is very active with sports or is more the imaginative type, we’d be help. Please call to make an appointment today – 519-258-8544