Chiropractic Medicine 

One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on correcting issues related to the neuro-musculoskeletal system.

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Chiropractors use a hands on manual approach to treat their patients. They provide a diagnosis along with treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. The treatments they use are all predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient.  After taking a complete history they provide their patient with a diagnosis and proceed to develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan.  This may include the following treatments listed below, therapeutic exercise and potentially nutritional and lifestyle counselling.

For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment.

Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.  It may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. According to patient surveys, by treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:

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  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
  • General health and well-being

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. More than 1.2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.

 


Chiropractic Treatments

Manipulation

  • Precise procedure, generally applied by hand to the joints

  • Force and technique modified to patient age, stature and condition

  • Improves joint mobility by restoring the range of motion, reducing muscle hypertonicity thereby relieving pressure and tension

Mobilization

More gentle than manipulation; utilizes less force and speed so that an audible 'pop' is usually not heard.

 

Soft Tissue Therapy

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For muscle aches, tendon injuries, nerve entrapments, repetitive strain injuries, etc. Techniques include trigger point technique, myofascial release, active release and deep tissue massage.

 

Stretching, including:

  • Static stretches: attempts to alleviate excessively tight muscles

  • PNF(proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)- to decrease tone in tight muscle; to treat DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)

  • Muscle Energy Technique utilizes very light muscular contractions in very specific directions to alter joint restriction and range of motion through altering the length of local musculature

 

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Active Release Therapy

For muscle aches, tendon injuries, nerve entrapments, repetitive strain injuries, etc. Techniques include trigger point technique, myofascial release, active release and deep tissue massage.

 

Active Rehabilitation

After an injury, illness or surgery, you may need rehabilitation to regain your strength, mobility, fitness and balance.

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Laser Therapy

laser-resized-600Treatment for acute and chronic pain conditions, arthritis, wound healing, addictions, and cosmetic revitalization. Lasers work by supplying energy to the body in the form of billions of photons of light. The body absorbs this laser light on a cellular level and transforms it into chemical energy, which the body then uses to commence its own tissue repairs. The bio-stimulating effect of laser therapy causes a decrease in inflammation and pain and an increase in tissue regeneration and healing.

 

Medical Acupuncture

Medical_acu-resized-600Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system and/or the endocrine, exocrine and immune systems, in pain syndromes, functional problems, and any diseases in which these modulatory mechanisms are available.

 

 

Prescription Orthotics & Orthopaedic Shoes:

orthotics-resized-600Biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. They reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment.
Symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include:

  • Localized foot pain
  • Bunions, hammer toes
  • Arch/heel pain
  • Leg/knee pain
  • Hip/back and even neck pain

 

Therapeutic Gradient Compression Hosiery:

Improves venous and lymphatic blood flow. The stockings are designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the ankle. This gradient pressure promotes better venous blood flow which in turn helps to control swelling, varicosities, leg fatigue and other problematic leg conditions. Those who experience any of the following conditions can benefit:

  • sig-resized-600Tired, aching, fatigued legs
  • Swollen feet, ankles, and legs
  • People who stand or sit for long periods
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Moderate to severe varicose veins
  • Expectant mothers
  • Schlerotherapy
  • Lymphadema
  • Overweight
  • Family history of venous leg disorders
  • Available in a variety of styles in updated fashion shades.

 

Exercise Prescriptions

runner-resized-600Dysfunctional soft tissues are either too short and tight or too long and weak. Most patients are required to undertake a series of exercises to stretch, strengthen, or simply to 'switch-on' particular muscles. Exercises can also be used to prevent conditions such as low back pain.

 

Read our Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Medicine!

 

Dr. Vince Galati is the treating Chiropractic Doctor at KIH.

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