- Registered Massage Therapy
- Custom Orthotics
- Laser Therapy
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Chiropractic - Back to Top
Chiropractic is a natural, safe and effective treatment for many common ailments such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches. There have been many studies done around the world that can illustrate this point. While under chiropractic care, people often find relief from many other complaints such as arthritis pain, menstrual cramps, stress, infantile colic, and digestive problems, to name a few.
When areas of the spine are not moving correctly, it can cause interference to the nervous system. Since the nerves that serve every cell, tissue, organ, and system of the body exit the spinal cord, a problem originating in the spine can result in symptoms wherever the nerves travel. Chiropractors are highly trained to detect areas of the spine that are not moving correctly. A gentle, specific force is then applied to the area to restore the proper movement and nerve function. This is known as an "adjustment."
Whether you are looking for pain relief from an acute injury or preventative wellness care to achieve your best possible health, chiropractic is an excellent choice. Include a chiropractor on your team of health care professionals.
Chiropractic and Pregnancy - Back to Top
Throughout a woman's pregnancy, her body undergoes significant changes in shape and size as her baby grows and develops. These changes often manifest as pain and discomfort. Common areas of musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy include sacroiliac joint pain, sciatica, pubic bone pain, carpal tunnel-like symptoms, and even neck pain and headaches. Many women think they are stuck with these pains since they are "just a part of being pregnant". Chiropractic adjustments can be very effective in alleviating these symptoms brought on by the added biomechanical stresses of pregnancy and can make the pregnancy a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.
When the bones that make up the pelvis and lumbar spine become restricted in their normal movement, the fetus can experience constraint. This may affect his/her ability to move and can even change the ideal positioning of the baby for labour and delivery. One of the biggest benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy that has been shown in some studies is that it may decrease labour time.
Chiropractic Adjustments During Pregnancy
Due to the ever-growing belly, women often think that they can't go to the chiropractor, since they wouldn't be able to lie on our table. Our tables are designed with moving parts and we have special pillows to accommodate the belly to make adjustments comfortable. Chiropractic treatments are also safe for both mom and baby.
You don't have to be experiencing pain to make an appointment with a chiropractor. Ideally it can be used as a preventative measure to reduce the discomfort in the later stages of pregnancy. Frequency of treatments can vary depending on the individual, but it is typically suggested to make an appointment as regularly as your monthly medical check-ups in early pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, a higher frequency of visits is often required due to more rapid postural changes combined with more relaxed ligaments.
Chiropractic is a treatment that has both immediate benefits of relief and improved posture, and long-term benefits of reduced labour times. After the delivery of the baby, chiropractic can also be an essential part in the mother's post-natal care, restoring a state of balance to the pelvis and spine.
Chiropractic and Children - Back to Top
Chiropractic care focuses on maximizing the body's amazing ability to heal itself by removing interferences in your nervous system through a chiropractic adjustment. What better time to detect and correct these interferences than in childhood, since 90% of our neural development is complete by the age of six years. Many spinal problems seen in adults begin in childhood, and aches and pains are often dismissed or overlooked as "growing pains." Our medical paradigm says we should wait until you experience symptoms, but a more preventative approach would be to get our spines checked before small problems turn into more significant problems. Every stage of our development subjects us to a variety of situations that have the potential to create spinal dysfunction.
Probably the most significant stress to the spine in infancy is the birth process itself, and even more so if interventions are required during the delivery. New stresses are introduced to the child's spine as they begin to hold their head up, learn to sit, stand and eventually walk. In infants it can often be difficult to know when to get an adjustment, since they cannot communicate how they are feeling. Typically, changes in behaviour, sleep habits or a change in bowel movements are good indicators that it's a good time to get a spinal check-up. Common conditions that chiropractor's care for include:
- Excessive gas
- Recurring ear infections
- Difficulty feeding
Children do not often sit still. Falls and accidents are inevitable as children learn to run, jump, ride a bicycle. Treating spinal dysfunction when it happens can lessen the impact on the spine and promote healthy growth and development.
Poor posture and repetitive strain are becoming more common in children with the use of video games and text messaging.
Another significant stressor for children's spines is their backpacks. Often packed too heavy for a developing spine with the added impact of wearing them improperly can set a child up for back pain, neck pain and even headaches. In addition to correcting the irritation at the spinal level, your chiropractor can educate your children on the proper way to carry their backpack and other preventative measures.
Chiropractors modify their technique and force based on the child's age and condition. Typically, children respond very quickly to chiropractic adjustments and often require less frequent treatments than adults. Children usually enjoy their adjustments very much and look forward to seeing the chiropractor.
Activator Method Chiropractic Technique - Back to Top
The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care. This technique uses a hand-held adjusting instrument and has been bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns since the late 1960's. The technique uses specific protocols to detect spinal joint dysfunction, analyze leg length inequality, identify faulty body mechanics and test neurological reflexes. The Activator Adjusting Instrument provides a controlled, precise, fast thrust that is comfortable for the client and can help restore spinal balance safely and comfortably. Due to its effectiveness and gentle nature, the Activator Method has become the most widely used instrument chiropractic technique worldwide. It is supported by numerous scientific research studies published in peer-reviewed journals. A list of these studies and the full text articles can be found at www.activator.com
People of all ages enjoy the benefits of the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique. Dr. Gibson finds it very helpful in the treatment of infants and young children due to its quick and gentle approach for a population that sometimes has a difficult time staying in any one position too long! It is also her technique of choice for some elderly clients or those with osteoporosis or other conditions, which may be a contraindication for manual adjustments. The Activator is also very helpful in treating non-spinal complaints and is incorporated into Dr. Gibson's treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and foot, and TMJ complaints.
Dr. Gibson is Advanced Proficiency Rated in this technique, which means that she has undergone courses at basic, intermediate and advanced levels and has fulfilled the required written and practical examinations. In order to maintain this rating, Activator Methods requires their rated doctors to continue with annual continuing education courses to ensure that all Activator doctors are held to the highest standards.
Watch some YouTube videos about Activator Method - Title: Activator-Research and Title: Dr Arlan Fuhr-Co-Founder and Inventor of the Activator Method
Registered Massage Therapy - Back to Top
Massage therapy addresses the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. The hands-on approach has a therapeutic effect on the body in several ways. By influencing the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems improvements in pain levels, physical function and overall well-being may be improved.
Registered Massage Therapists
A massage therapist is a regulated health professional who has received two to three years of comprehensive education and has completed written and clinical examinations. The registering college is the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. A quality assurance program ensures that massage therapists stay current through continuing education courses.
What Does a Massage Therapist Treat?
Massage therapists can treat an array of conditions including:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports injuries
- TMJ dysfunction
You do not need to be in pain or exhibiting symptoms to see a massage therapist. Include massage therapist in your health care team as a preventative measure and to achieve your full potential.
Custom Orthotics - Back to Top
Your feet are considered your base of support, and have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Problems in your feet can cause a chain reaction of events to occur, and put stress on joints higher up in your body. This stress can lead to joint pain, poor posture, fatigue, and faulty walking mechanics. Properly made orthotics are made to correct your specific foot imbalances and reduce the stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. They also provide sensory information to your brain about what your feet are doing through the gait cycle.
If any of the following statements apply to you, ask Dr. Gibson if orthotics can help you:
- My feet are sore on a regular basis.
- I spend a good portion of my day standing or walking on hard surfaces.
- I play a sport regularly (golf, basketball, running, etc).
- Standing, walking or running gives me joint pain (ankle, knee, hip, or back).
- I have visible foot problems (bunions, fallen arches, corns, etc).
- I am over 40 years of age.
- I have one leg shorter than the other.
- My shoes wear out quickly or unevenly.
- My feet "toe out" when I walk.
- My parents had foot related problems.
Custom orthotics look like insoles, and there are a variety of styles to accommodate the type of shoes or boots you typically wear. A footwear collection that accommodates your orthotics is also available including sandals, causal and dress shoes, running shoes and work boots.
Laser Therapy - Back to Top
Throughout the world, laser therapy has proven to be a safe and non-invasive modality for accelerated pain relief and tissue healing. It is used to maintain wellness, improve health, and optimize athletic performance. Over 4000 studies have been conducted to validate the effectiveness of this technology. It has been used for over 20 years in 30 countries in the treatment of conditions such as:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Back pain, sciatica
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Disc herniation
- Frozen shoulder
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Neck pain
- Plantar faciitis
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Trigeminal neuralgia
How Does it Work?
The goal of laser therapy is to stimulate cell regeneration. To do this, the laser delivers light energy units, called photons, to damaged cells. The photons stimulate the cells to create more of their energy source, known as ATP, which the cells use to transform from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state.
Laser Therapy Provides:
- Accelerated pain relief and healing
- Increased joint flexibility
- Drug-free pain relief
To learn more about laser therapy, go to www.multiradiance.com.
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