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About Chiropractic


C hiropractic is a hands on health care discipline that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.  Chiropractic offers a complementary and alternative therapy to the use of drugs or surgery.

Decreased joint motion, (called joint restrictions or vertebral subluxations) causes inflammation, pain, muscle tension, biomechanical changes and may interfere in the function of the nervous system. Joint restrictions occur as a result of the stresses and strains of everyday living; such as poor or prolonged postures, repetitive movements, falls, accidents (especially car accidents), and sports activities. In children, muscle and joint dysfunction may occur as a result of in-utero constraint, the birth process, postural imbalances, learning to crawl and walk, and childhood activities. Animals may experience joint restrictions from slips, trauma, poor fitting harnesses and collars, poor leash habits, quick changes in direction, confinement, advancing age and post surgery.

The most common signs of muscle and joint dysfunction are:

  • pain
  • headaches
  • stiffness or tension
  • decreased range of motion
  • weakness
  • numbness and tingling

Most patients (including people and animals) have dysfunction in the muscles and joints long before they notice any symptoms. 

A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) will evaluate the joint motion in the spine and extremities and then correct these joint restrictions by highly skilled adjustments (quick, gentle thrusts).  The chiropractic adjustment has been proven to increase motion, coordination, and circulation and to reduce swelling, muscle spasm and pain.  Many chiropractors will offer soft tissue therapy, modalities and rehabilitation exercises as part of the treatment plan.  In addition, acupuncture, nutrition and lifestyle counseling, physiotherapy and massage therapy are a great complement to chiropractic treatment.


Chiropractors can help benefit the following conditions:

  • headaches, including migraine
  • neck pain
  • upper, middle or low back pain
  • shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
  • pelvis, hip, knee and ankle pain
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • sports injuries
  • repetitive strain injuries
  • sciatica
  • rotator cuff strain
  • impingement syndrome
  • tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • plantar fasciitis
  • sprains/strains
  • arthritis
  • pre and post-natal related pain

 

About Pre and Post-Natal Care

Chiropractic, massage therapy and osteopathy are safe, effective treatments that can be beneficial during pregnancy and post delivery. During pregnancy, hormonal changes cause a stretching of the ligaments and connective tissues in the body leading to increased joint mobility. This can lead to increased muscular tension to help stabilize the joints of the pelvis.

Back, hip and pubic symphysis pain are very common during and after pregnancy. Weight gain, postural changes, breastfeeding and carrying the baby are just a few causes.

A pre and post-natal chiropractor has additional training to perform modified chiropractic adjustments and will utilize special pregnancy pillows to ensure a more comfortable treatment. Soft tissue therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises are often provided.

Ideally, chiropractic, massage therapy and osteopathic treatments should begin early in the pregnancy. Your doctor or therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan that will increase in care before and after delivery.

Webster Technique

A chiropractor who is certified in Webster technique uses specific chiropractic adjustments to the pelvis and soft tissue therapy to the tightened round ligaments in order to reduce in-utero constraint. This allows the baby room to develop and turn into the head down position. It also allows the pelvis to open during delivery and can help reduce pain and the length of labour. Webster technique involves four treatments over a two week period and then one treatment per week until delivery. It is more effective when performed near the beginning of the 3rd trimester, however it can still be beneficial late in the pregnancy. Breech babies may benefit from Webster technique.

 

About Pediatric Care

Chiropractic treatments can be very helpful for infants to teenagers. The delivery process (especially in the case of birth trauma - very short or prolonged labour, forceps, vacuum or C-section), learning how to hold up their head, roll over, sit up, crawl and frequent falls while learning to stand and walk, all places strain on their muscles and joints. As children get older, carrying backpacks, prolonged sitting or screen time, stress from school, sports injuries and car accidents can cause muscular tension and may lead to restrictions in the joints and discomfort.

Some reasons why parents seek chiropractic treatment for their babies are:

  • difficulty latching while breastfeeding (TMJ dysfunction)
  • difficulty turning the head to one side (torticollis)
  • flat spots on the head
  • gas or increased fussiness (colic)
  • constipation

Some reasons why parents seek chiropractic treatment for their older child are:

  • falls
  • sports injuries
  • complaints of neck, back, arm or leg pain
  • headaches
  • jaw problems (including the wearing of orthodontic braces)
  • bed wetting
  • constipation

A check-up by a chiropractor who is certified in pediatrics can help to diagnose muscle and joint dysfunction before it becomes a bigger problem. Ideally, check-ups should be performed immediately after birth, and then at the major milestones during the first year (holding up their head, sitting up, standing up and walking). After the first year, maintenance care should be performed regularly at the discretion of the chiropractor.

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques unique to treating children including cranial adjusting, fingertip pressure, soft tissue therapy, the Activator and traction. Traditional chiropractic adjustments will not be performed until the child is approximately eight years of age.

Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be very safe, even safer than traditional medical therapy. The research indicates that the force utilized when treating an infant is approximately 5% of the force utilized to adjust an adult. A recent survey also showed that 85% of parents noticed an improvement in their child’s symptoms with chiropractic treatment.

 

About Orthotics

Custom made orthotic shoe inserts are designed to support the arches of feet. These arch supports help to improve the biomechanics of the ankles, knees, hips and low back. This can help reduce pain and discomfort in the feet, knees, hips and the back.

Your chiropractor will perform an assessment of your feet including a gait analysis. They will then take a foam impression of your feet and send it to the lab. (At in balance we use The Orthotic Group.) The lab will make a mold of yur foot from the cast and design a pair of custom made orthotic shoe inserts especially for you.

Some of the conditions that can be helped with orthotics are:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • shin splints
  • ankle sprain and knee sprains
  • iliotibial band syndrome
  • hip problems
  • low back dysfunction

 

About Active Release Techniques


Active Release Techniques (ART®) is a soft tissue therapy that focuses on the muscles, tendons, fascia and nerves.  When injury occurs through trauma or repetitive strain, adhesions (AKA scar tissue) form in the muscles as a result of healing.  These adhesions cause the muscle to become tighter, weaker and more pain sensitive and predisposes the patient to further injury.  Active Release Techniques has the patient perform active movements while tension is applied to break up adhesions in the muscle.  This technique is therefore more aggressive than massage therapy and is used for repetitive strain injuries, muscle adhesions, nerve entrapments and joint dysfunction. 

This technique is most commonly recognized to help athletes improve performance but can also help with:

  • chronic neck and back pain
  • headaches
  • shoulder injuries
  • tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • carpal tunnel
  • sciatica
  • iliotibial band syndrome
  • plantar fasciitis
  • muscle tension and strains
  • nerve entrapments

  • About Acupuncture


    Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction and to prevent homeostatic disturbances.  It is a very safe and effective method of treatment.  Acupuncture is often used in place of medications and surgery or as an adjunct to chiropractic care and physiotherapy. 

    Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to put the body’s natural mechanisms of healing into action.  Very fine needles are inserted at specific points in the body along lines called meridians.  Most patients only feel minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted.  Insertion of the needles causes local tissue changes as well as multi-system responses by stimulating the body to produce pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins.
     
    Acupuncture decreases pain and inflammation, promotes tissue healing and neurological balance, restores range of motion, and muscle strength.  Some musculoskeletal conditions that acupuncture can be used for include: 

    • back and neck pain
    • headaches
    • shoulder pain
    • tennis/golfer’s elbow
    • carpal tunnel
    • sciatica
    • hip pain
    • knee pain
    • tendonitis
    • bursitis
    • osteoarthritis
    • ankle sprain

    Other common uses include addictions, digestive, respiratory, menstrual, and reproductive disorders.

    About Cranial Adjusting


    Cranial adjusting is a specific chiropractic technique directed at the bones of the skull and face. Minor misalignments can cause tension on the muscles and surrounding tissues leading to discomfort.

    Some of the conditions that can benefit from cranial adjusting are:

    • headaches
    • concussion symptoms
    • temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
    • sinus problems
    • speech difficulties

    Babies with flat spots on their heads or babies who have been delivered by vacuum or forceps can greatly benefit from this technique. Dr.Thomas has completed Level 1 and 2 Cranial Adjusting with Dr. Roger Turner.

     


    About Exercise Rehabilitation


    This is an essential component of a complete treatment plan. Exercise Rehabilitation can include muscle stretching and strengthening, proprioceptive training, and sport-specific movement training for return to play.

    After an injury, your muscles and nervous system do not respond to movement as quickly or as accurately as they should. Muscles need retraining to make sure they keep the joints supported and have the strength and endurance to perform daily activities and maintain proper posture.

    About Kinesiotape


    Kinesiotape is a specially designed tape that mimics the texture and elasticity of the skin. It does not restrict motion like regular athletic tape; instead it is designed to facilitate motion by activating the neurological and circulatory systems. It can speed up the rehabilitation and healing process, decrease pain and swelling, and improve the patients’ tolerance to exercise and movement.

    It can be used to:

    • Re-educate the neuromuscular system
    • Reduce pain
    • Optimize performance
    • Prevent injury
    • Promote improved circulation and healing

    About Graston Technique and Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy


    This is a form of soft tissue therapy that uses a stainless-steel tool to identify and break up scar tissue. Scar tissue limits soft tissue mobilization and affects normal function.

    This therapy causes temporary inflammation in the local area which increases blood flow and healing chemistry in the region. Stretching then helps the tissue heal properly while maintaining normal range of motion.

    About Modalities

     


    Interferential Current


    IFC is an electrical therapy that passes current through an area of injury to reduce pain, relax the musculature, and promote healing of the soft tissues.

    The current promotes circulation in the area and stimulates the body to secrete endorphins which act like painkillers. Most people describe the sensation to be like "pins and needles" but very comfortable and effective. Electrical therapy is most often used for recent injuries.

    About Fitness

     


    About Pre and Post-Natal Fitness


    Having a healthy pregnancy is about caring for your body and mind in a way that gives your baby the best start in life. Fitness throughout pregnancy has many benefits.

    Exercising…

    • promotes healthy weight gain
    • improves aerobic fitness and circulation
    • increases energy levels and flexibility
    • strengthens the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
    • improves muscular strength to prepare you for the carrying and lifting involved with caring for your new baby
    • reduces back and joint strain associated with the biomechanical changes of pregnancy
    • prepares you for the endurance required for labour
    • prevents constipation
    • reduces stress and tension
    • improves post-partum recovery
    • improves self-esteem and self-confidence
    • reduces the risk of gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)

    By looking after your health, you are looking after your baby's health, which is the number one goal while you are pregnant. While pregnant, there are many changes to a woman's body which can create upper and lower back pain. After pregnancy, a woman needs to able to lift and carry her baby, breastfeed, and carry on with all her other daily tasks which is difficult if your body is deconditioned. Please speak with your chiropractor about safe exercise options while pregnant.


    Golf Fitness


    Throughout those summer months you look forward to your golf game being at its best. However, as with most sports, your overall health and fitness levels impact the quality of your game. Improving your physical conditioning is one of the best ways to improve your golf performance.

    Having an efficient golf swing is very important to generate speed and transfer energy throughout the body. Poor mechanics, poor physical conditioning and poor equipment are the most common reasons for an inefficient golf swing. Therefore, the golf pro, chiropractor, trainer and club fitter all have a part in improving a golfers’ game.

    Dr. Thomas is a certified Golf Fitness Instructor with the Titleist Performance Institute and helps golfers improve their game by improving their fitness levels. She is able to identify and help you overcome any physical restrictions that are limiting your game's potential. A golf fitness assessment incorporates a physical screening to look for mobility (amount of range in a joint or muscle) and stability (balance, muscular strength and endurance) issues along with a golf swing biomechanics screening. Your golf posture, spinal, pelvic, shoulder and hip ranges of motion, gluteal strength and balance are some of the areas tested. The results are then assessed to design a golf-specific fitness program.

    Feel free to contact Dr. Thomas for more information about Golf Fitness assessments. drkirsten@inbalancechiropractic.ca.

 
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