Why Choose Chiropractic Care?

dr-scott-colasanti-windsor-on-chiropractorNearly 2 million Ontarians use the services of a chiropractor each year; so why are so many Ontarians choosing chiropractic care?

  • Chiropractic care is low cost, often covered by workplace insurance plans
  • Chiropractic care is non-invasive
  • Chiropractic care is effective
  • Chiropractic care treats the problem
  • Chiropractors utilize several therapies for treatment
  • Chiropractors often work in collaboration with physical and massage therapists to benefit the patient

Whether you’re suffering from pain, or feeling great, now is a great time to start chiropractic care.  Please call our office to schedule an appointment – 519-258-8544.

Describing Pain

Help defining pain huron church chiropractic Windsor onOur goal at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre is to help our patients maintain their good health – proactively with regular care. However, we understand that pain happens; whether by injury, illness or a chronic condition.

Some people struggle to describe their pain to doctors and others, which can make treatment and understanding the pain more challenging. Pain is also subjective; the way people hurt varies greatly from person to person.

Here are some tips to help you define your pain.

Onset – When did the pain start? Do you believe it was from an injury or activity?
Location – Where does it hurt? Do you feel associated symptoms elsewhere in your body? (Example: right shoulder pain and occasional numbness in the right hand.)
Type – What adjectives would you use to describe the pain? (Examples: sharp, achy, burning, throbbing.)
Intervals – Do you hurt all the time, or at certain times of the day or when performing any particular activities?
Management – How have you been managing the pain? When do you feel relief from the pain? Have you sought out other treatment options or medications?

To better understand the pain, some practitioners may request that the patient document their pain in a journal. The journaling process can help better define the pain quality, duration, related symptoms and onset by activity.

Using a scale of pain, while subjective, can also be helpful in describing the intensity of pain and how it affects the person’s life. Here is a general outline:

0 – Pain-free
1 – Very mild, hardly perceptible
2 – Minor pain, noticeable but more irritating than painful
3 – Noticeable pain, but it doesn’t affect daily activities
4 – Moderate pain, but hours can pass without thinking about it
5 – Moderate but significant pain which is noticed every few minutes and is starting to impact daily activities
6 – Significant pain which disrupts concentration and physical activities
7 – Severe pain affects the quality of life and interferes with normal sleep patterns
8 – Intense pain which limits nearly all physical activities and cognition is impaired
9 – Excruciating pain whereby the person cannot function physically or mentally
10 – Pain beyond description, the sufferer may be bedridden and delirious

Pain is a signal that something is not right in your body, and it should never be ignored. Seek out professional medical help at the onset to help prevent future problems and potentially increasing severity.

If we can help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us: 519-258-8544

Why is Good Posture So Important?

Why is Good Posture Important - Windsor Ontario ChiropractorsGood posture means good health. Are you surprised? Remember that our spines are central to our structure. The spine is the ‘relay station’ of our central and peripheral nervous systems.

 

Good posture distributes the force of gravity through our body, ensuring that no structure is overstressed. Good posture helps our bodies be more resistant to the day to day stressors we experience in life.

Ideal postural alignment balances the distribution of body weight, which enables our muscles and ligaments to perform as designed. Proper posture also allows for improved circulation, digestion, nervous system and organ functioning.

Many conditions occur as a result of our bodies being held in an unnatural position. Problems with back pain, neck and chronic muscle strain can all be reduced by proper posture.

Good posture is essential to good health. When the spine is properly aligned our bodies function as it is meant to. 

If you’re looking to improve your posture, please call us for a postural assessment – 519-258-8544

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

Sciatica

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment Windsor OntarioIf you’ve ever suffered from sciatic pain or known someone who has, then you may understand how truly debilitating this condition can be.

What is sciatica pain?

This pain is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain associated with sciatica is typically felt from the lower back area, down through the buttocks and thigh and radiating below the knee often to the foot.

Often the pain of sciatica is associated with numbness and tingling in the legs and feet.

Sciatica can range in severity from slightly irritating to completely debilitating.

Be aware of ‘self-diagnosis’ of sciatica. Lower back pain radiating to the buttock, and hip or pelvic pain are not necessarily sciatica and proper diagnosis is essential to determine the best course of action.

What is the sciatic nerve?

  • The sciatic is the largest nerve in the body.
  • This nerve is housed within the spine.
  • Nerve signals travel to and from the brain through the spinal cord and then the spinal nerves. These spinal nerves branch off of the spinal cord at every spinal level.
  • The sciatic nerve is comprised of several of these spinal nerves from the lower lumbar and sacral (pelvic) region, which come together to form the large sciatic nerve.

The large distribution of this nerve also explains the pain that arises from it when it is irritated.

What are some common causes the sciatic nerve to become irritated?

  • There’s not a lot of extra space in the body, and with the large size of this nerve, there’s a lot of opportunity for irritation and the resulting pain.
  • Disc herniations – Bulges that may form in the disc can “press” on the nerves.
  • Arthritis and normal wear and tear – Changes to the bones and tissues which surround the nerves can result in a diminished the spaces around the nerves.
  • Trauma or injury
  • Spondylolisthesis – A vertebra may slip over an adjacent vertebra which results in spinal root nerve compression and sciatic pain.
  • Pregnancy – During pregnancy sciatic pain may occur as a result of the increased physical demands on the spine and/or the increased competition for space in the pelvic region.
  • Piriformis syndrome – The piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region can become inflamed or spasm, often irritating the nearby sciatic nerve.
  • Tumours

How is sciatica treated?

The simple answer is to remove the factors which cause the irritation of the sciatic nerve if possible.

Recommended non-surgical, natural options may include:

  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Stretching
  • Exercises to strengthen the lower back

To help manage the pain, anti-inflammatories may be recommended – but be aware that these drugs often “mask” the pain as well as the problem, rather treating the cause of the irritation.

We recommend people who are prone to sciatic pain be proactive and take action to prevent reoccurrence. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question about your lower back pain. 519-258-8544

Help for Tendonitis

Help for Tendonitis Windsor Ontario Huron Church Chiropractic Tendonitis is a fairly common musculoskeletal problem which is the result of excess strain to the soft tissue, in particular, the tendons.

A tendon is a connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone.

When the tendon is inflamed, it may be painful, swollen, warm to the touch and possibly associated with a grinding sensation.

Tendonitis is a common problem as the result of repetitive movements, such as working in a factory, on a computer or while playing sports. It can be acute pain or a chronic problem and more common as we age.

Help for tendonitis

It’s important to identify the likely cause of the stress to the tendon and remove or at least reduce it. If there’s damage or irritation to the tissue, it may be beneficial to try other approaches such as:

  • Ultrasound
  • Cold LASER Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Stretching techniques
  • Braces to help support the area and reduce stress on the tissue

If you’re suffering from tendonitis, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. We offer services that can help you. 519-258-8544