The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.”
Adjustment of the joints of the body has been used in health care for many centuries and is at the heart of modern chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. Almost 2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.
Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints. Adjustment helps relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body, so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.
But chiropractic isn't only physical adjustments, chiropractors are also trained in many other forms of treatment such as acupuncture, laser therapy, soft tissue therapy, therapeutic exercise, nutritional counselling, and recommendations for rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.
Medical acupuncture is the application of very fine, sterile needles to specific points in the body with the goal of reducing pain, swelling, and improving movement patterns or function. Other benefits from medical acupuncture include: improved blood flow, stress reduction, and improved nerve conduction. Acupuncture stimulates your immune system through "micro-trauma" to encourage your own body to heal the affected area.
Medical acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many conditions including: headaches, neck and low back pain, muscle sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, tendonitis and bursitis.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft Tissue therapy is a general term for a group of techniques to treat muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments of the body. These therapies tend to be very effective for repetitive strain injuries or cumulative trauma disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow which are common in our industrialized society. At Equilibrium Chiropractic and Wellness Centre we use a variety of well-known soft tissue therapies including: Deep Tissue Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release Therapy, & Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.
Modalities is a group of therapies including, but not limited to: Interferential Current (IFC), Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Laser, and Ultrasound. The goal of these therapies is to promote healing, reduce pain, reduce swelling, and relax the muscles. These treatments are gentle and are applied within your comfort range. Modalities are used in the treatment of various injuries of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and scar tissue.
Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s.
Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results, is non-addictive and virtually free of side effects.
There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.
During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
During each painless treatment laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Laser therapy can help with Tendinopathies, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Myofascial Trigger Points, Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Ligament Sprains, Muscle Strains, Repetitive Stress Injuries, Chondromalacia Patellae, Plantar Fasciitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain, Herpes Zoster (Shingles), Post-Traumatic Injury, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Venous Ulcers, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Burns, Deep Edema / Congestion, Sports Injuries, Auto & Work Related Injuries.
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You support your entire body weight in every step you take and the average person will walk the distance of the equator four times in their life. A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes - they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole - and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
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Lifestyle & Health
In addition to the many health services outlined above, the Equilibrium Chiropractic and Wellness Centre health care team will provide you with recommendations to address your current concerns for your health and wellness in general. This may include suggestions regarding nutrition, workplace modifications, stress management, and exercise.
Registered Massage Therapy
Therapeutic massage is used in the treatment of various conditions including rehabilitation, sports injuries, and for chronic and sudden pain conditions. Massage is used to reduce healing time, decrease stress and muscle tension, and to increase circulation. Massage may also be used in a preventative fashion to promote relaxation and to enhance your general health and well-being.
Every massage is tailored to fit the needs and comfort level of each individual client. The pressure used varies from light touch to deep myofascial work.