Health Review

How to be healthier Huron Church Chiropractor Windsor On Anytime is a good time for a review of your overall health.

Here are the actions to take:

  1. List what you do on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to maintain your good health.
  2. List the unhealthy activities you engage in.
  3. Write a plan to eliminate the unhealthy aspects of your life.

The first step will help you feel accomplished by documenting the ways you maintain good health such as by regular exercise.

By writing down the unhealthy activities in the second step, you’re acknowledging that there are areas for improvement.

By making a plan to eliminate the less-than-desirable aspects of your wellbeing, you’re documenting the steps and taking action.

Here are some articles to help you make your goals a reality:

Be sure to hare your plan and your goals with supportive loved ones, so they can help you.

All the best to you!

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