One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system.
Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.
Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Active Release Technique (ART)
ART is a patented soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Over worked muscles from acute or repetitive injuries can cause your body to produce tough dense scar tissue. This tissue binds up and ties down tissue that you need to move freely. This results in muscles becoming shorter and weaker, tension on tendons cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength and pain. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved with ART.
The ART provider will evaluate for the abnormal tissue and treat the area by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
The full name for this therapy is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. It is a technology that uses high energy sound waves to treat chronic, painful musculoskeletal conditions. The shockwave increases blood flow and stimulates healing of the injured tissue and decreased pain. The most common conditions treated with shock wave therapy include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinosis
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff calcific tendinosis
- Jumper’s Knee (patellar tendinosis)
- Shin splints
- Myofascial trigger points
Low level laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to accelerate the body`s healing process.
What Conditions Can A Laser Treat?
With all of the positive effects that a laser can have on the healing mechanisms of the body, it is applicable in a number of conditions. These include, but are not limited, to:
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Runner’s knee (patellofemoral syndrome)
- Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel spur pain and plantar fasciitis
- Acute sprains and strains and muscle tears
Work related injuries and Repetitive Strain Injuries:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Low Back and Neck pain
- Tension type headaches
- Sciatica; Herniated or bulging discs
- “Pinched” nerves causing acute back or neck pain
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis of specific joints
- Post-surgery pain control and healing
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Contemporary Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific anatomical sites to treat musculoskeletal injuries.
Acupuncture works by activating the natural pain control and healing mechanisms of the body. It improves local circulation and muscle nutrition, restoring muscle strength and decreasing pain. Electro-acupuncture may be used to increase these effects.
Clinical (TCM) Acupuncture
Clinical Acupuncture is based off of TCM using an energetic model as opposed to an anatomical or biochemical model.
Diagnosis detects patterns of imbalance or disharmony between different bodily systems.
Custom Foot Orthotics
A custom orthotic is designed to correct your specific foot imbalance. They are designed to reduce stress on your body by bringing your foot back in to proper alignment and will be made to fit in to your existing footwear.
Symptoms of improper foot mechanics may show up in the feet, heel, legs, knees, hips, back or even the neck.
At Port Elgin Chiropractic we use a combination of a gait scan analysis and a foam cast of your feet to make the custom orthotic that’s right for you.
Massage therapy is a hands on treatment of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy has a therapeutic effect on the muscular, nervous and circulatory system. It is beneficial in relieving and preventing pain, physical dysfunction and the effects of stress.
Registered Massage therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to determine the best treatment for you. This treatment may include Swedish and modern massage techniques, exercise and other therapies.