Chiropractic is a diversified service that treats all areas related to the musculoskeletal system. This includes all muscle, joint, nerve related issues. Joint manipulation is a commonly used modality within the chiropractic scope. It is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint, using high-velocity-low- amplitude (HVLA) thrusting maneuvers. It reduces pressure in various joint cavities from the spine to ankles and knees. Joint manipulation increases range of motion in joints and restores function.
Dr. Amanda and Dr. Natasha utilize a wide range of adjunct services within their chiropractic treatments. More details on these services are listed below.
Massage Therapy is the assessment and treatment of the soft tissues of the body; muscles, connective tissue and joints, by hands-on manipulation. Treatments have a therapeutic effect to work with the body's own healing factors by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. The development, maintenance and improvement of physical function can be achieved with various manual techniques; and physical dysfunction, pain and injuries can be relieved or prevented through the appropriate use of Massage Therapy.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s and the development of Swedish massage being the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Our Massage Therapist Joshua combines traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques, along with other modalities (ie. Acupuncture, Cupping, Taping, IASTM, etc.) to treat and maintain the health of his patients.
Fine solid needles are inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites along the meridians. It is then stimulated with electrical current for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system.
Functional Integrated Needling
Differs from medical acupuncture in that it does not use meridians. The needles are inserted into specific anatomic structures to promote blood flow; in turn decreasing muscle tension and pain.
Why and when should my child see a chiropractor?
A newborn baby typically experiences a difficult birthing process or suffers from distress during their journey through the birth canal. Being instrument-assisted to come into the world whether it be forceps, vacuum, manual neck traction, or c-section can also cause dysfunction in their tiny bodies. Even an intervention-free vaginal birth places stress on an infant’s spine. Your child is never too young to see a chiropractor. Ideally, it’s best to bring your child in the first month of life. Older children can benefit from a visit to the chiropractor too. They can experience a lot of the common symptoms adults feel whether they are super active or bookworms. Chiropractic care will help your child feel their best as they grow.
What can a pediatric chiropractor treat?
A chiropractor that focuses on pediatric care can help assess and treat for any dysfunction of the spine that may be causing your child discomfort. The most common conditions we treat are colic and irritability, developmental/motor delays, digestion issues, difficulties feeding or latching, lip and tongue-tie, torticollis, and plagiocephaly. Pediatric chiropractic adjustments are very gentle and safe. Follow up visits are often recommended during major milestones – starting to roll, sit, crawl, walk, etc. Developmental milestones are typically assessed at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months and 18 months. If they have experienced any trauma or there have been any signs of imbalance (head tilting, excessive crying, poor sleep, excessive spitting up, constipation, favouring a specific side, etc.) that is also good indication that your child should be checked by a pediatric chiropractor.
What does pediatric chiropractic care look like?
There is no audible sound or twisting of the spine required to treat an infant. We use a gentle pressure, similar to the pressure used when checking the ripeness of an avocado, that helps facilitate proper movement and eliminate any restrictions of the spine. Manual adjustments of the spine are always modified to the age, size and developmental stage of the child. Home exercises are often prescribed to keep your child functioning at their best in between treatments.
Biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. This imbalance could be stemming anywhere on the lower limb and will be assessed individually.
An ancient therapy that creates suction on the skin promoting blood flow and reducing muscle tension.
The application of the tape is geared to restrict activity of a tight muscle and facilitate activity of an underutilized muscle. Performance taping may be used on to help with daily postural deviations and also optimizing function in athletic performances. It can be worn for 24 hours a day, 3-5 days/week.
Compression socks and stockings are designed for compression therapy. They apply gentle pressure to your legs and ankles, promoting blood flow from your legs to your heart. Compression socks can also reduce pain and swelling in your ankles and legs. Some benefits include:
boost circulation in your legs
prevent blood from pooling in your leg veins
diminish leg swelling
reduce orthostatic hypotension, which causes lightheadedness or unsteadiness when you stand
help prevent venous ulcers
prevent development of deep vein thrombosis in your legs
help lessen the pain caused by varicose veins
reverse venous hypertension
improve lymphatic drainage
FASCIAL ABRASION TECHNIQUE
This instrument is used to scan the body for fascial restrictions and scar tissue. It causes a controlled micro trauma that stimulates specialized nerve endings in the skin and fascia that help to normalize fascial tone.
Whether to correct postural imbalances from occupations to post surgical rehabilitation, all individuals would benefit from corrective exercises.
Strengthening muscles atrophied pre/post surgery to minimize the effects of compensations.
Please refer to the Rehab Video section of this website for some demonstrative videos.
CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT & TREATMENT
SHIFT Concussion Management
Individualized and effective concussion management strategies to individuals of all ages suffering from concussion and mild traumatic brain injury. This includes tailored rehabilitative strategies to the needs of each person.