Do you suffer from Arthritis?

November 27, 2017

What is arthritis?

“Arth” means joint and “itits” means inflammation.  That sums up exactly what this condition is (An inflammation of the joints. The pain can range from dull to very severe and can be very debilitating.

Although most common in over 65’s this condition can affect people of all ages and gender but women are most commonly affected by this condition.  There are many types of arthritis and each can have different symptoms but here are some common symptoms linked with arthritis.

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion

How to treat arthritis?

Numerous studies and random controlled trials have shown that chiropractic therapy is great for helping treat the symptoms of Arthritis.
As chiropractors we work with the joints of the spine and extremities.  When there is inflammation in the body chemicals are released by the body that starts to deposit calcium in the join causing bone spurs and other problems.  Arthritis cannot be cured but it can be managed.
Time is crucial in the treatment of arthritis. Creating safe mobility within joints allows them to carry the body’s weight without changing shape to cope with the stress. As joints are stressed beyond their physical capabilities, they alter themselves to deal with the stresses. By keeping joints mobile and strengthening surrounding muscles, you can delay or prevent the advancement of the condition. If you suffer from arthritis then contact us today to book and appointment at calgarychiro.com

Physiotherapy as an Alternative for Knee Surgery

New research suggesting that an arthroscopic knee surgery – a surgery designed to alleviate a patient’s chronic knee pain – is a useless solution means Canadians have spent over $31m health-care dollars for limited or no results.

The surgery, seen to only be effective in a small subset of patients, costs approximately $1,300 per procedure. One of the most effective treatments for pain management, however – before a knee replacement surgery – is frequent physical therapy.

Dr. Moin Khan, a research fellow in Mcmaster’s division of orthopedic surgery, suggests that physiotherapy is a great option for middle-age osteoarthritic patients. Khan encourages seeking physiotherapy for at least three months before considering any surgical options.

For more information on the research, or pain management alternatives, visit:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/arthroscopic-surgery-useless-1.4110569

Forget the Opioids – Try Chiropractic Care

Dr. Jason Busse DC, Ph.D., Associate professor in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University, recently published a guideline in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) recommending chiropractic therapy as a remedy for non-cancer pain. The guideline, developed by professionals across the health sector, advocates for using multidisciplinary care options, such as chiropractic, in addition to lower doses of opioids as an option for treating chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP).

With a growing number of opioid overdoses resulting in an Alberta-wide public health crisis, a transition to alternative, non-pharmacological therapy for pain is essential in reducing this issue. As many opioid users suffer from primarily back or musculoskeletal disorders, the encouragement of non-opioid medications is essential in increasing the number of patients utilizing chiropractic care.

For more information on the guideline and its potential impact on Canadian patients, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/world-federation-of-chiropractic/new-canadian-opioid-guidelines-recommend-chiropractic-as-care-option/1198721343583446/

The ART of Active Release Techniques

November 20, 2017

Active Release Technique (ART) is a massage technique used for the treatment of soft tissue injuries, nerve entrapment and limited range of motion and flexibility. The primary goal of ART is to release scar tissue surrounding the muscle; however, it can be used to treat a variety of problems, including IT band and hip flexor strains, shin splints and tendonitis.

Although ART can be used for most people experiencing the above issues; there has been an increase in the number of runners incorporating the therapy as an injury prevention technique, with growing evidence pointing to ART’s ability to help improve performance and reduce recovery time in athletes.

The benefits of ART have been the topic of many research studies since the early 2000s, with one demonstrating a relationship between ART and the rapid restoration of flexibility in adults.

For more information on ART, or to find out if this technique is right for you, visit https://calgarychiro.com/.

Graston Technique: what is it and how does it work?

November 16, 2017

An article posted by Spine Health in 2013 outlines the uses and benefits for Graston technique, a manual therapy used on soft tissue to assist a chiropractic practitioner to “identify areas of restriction and attempt to break up scar tissue”.  Healthcare practitioners use the Graston Technique to ultimately reduce a patient’s pain through

  • Breaking down scar tissue
  • Stretching connective tissue
  • Promoting the healing of injured soft tissue

The article also states that there is a correlation between Graston Technique and neurological benefits, showing that instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy activates certain nerve fibers. To read the article, visit https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/graston-technique-instrument-assisted-soft-tissue-manual-therapy-back-pain.

Coach Hill Chiropractic offers Graston Technique therapy for its clients, visit https://calgarychiro.com/ for more information and to book an appointment.

Chiropractic services for an improved quality of life in seniors

November 15, 2017

In a 2016 article, the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) highlight the benefits of chiropractic care for seniors, specifically to improve the quality of life of an aging population. With life expectancy now at 80 for men and 84 for women, the quality of life for seniors is even more important. The probability of physical discomfort or injuries increases with age, with approximately one in three Canadians over the age of 65 likely to suffer a slip or a fall at least once a year, leading to prolonged aches and pains.
In addition to age-related falls, seniors are more susceptible to physical disorders such as Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Spinal stenosis and more. Chiropractors can assist in pain management through several exercises focused on the increase in strength, mobility and balance. Chiropractic care can impact a senior’s quality of life through
• Improving physical motion and function
• Lessening the progression of degeneration in the joints
• Helping correct posture and balance
• Consultation


For more information about chiropractic care, visit https://www.flamboroughreview.com/shopping-story/7011696-healthy-aging-for-seniors-through-chiropractic-care/ or call Coach Hill Chiro to talk to our healthcare professionals.

The Medical Benefits of Acupuncture

November 14, 2017

A recent study shows a correlation between acupuncture and benefits for those with osteoarthritis. The study, published in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Journals library, produced results showing that acupuncture can help reduce pain in patients who suffer from osteoarthritis, making them less reliant on anti-inflammatory medications.
A second study, conducted by the same team at the University of York, U.K, suggests that acupuncture, used in combination with therapy, can significantly reduce the severity of depression in patients. Hugh MacPherson, a professor at the University of York, stated that “[They] have now provided a solid evidence base to show that not only can acupuncture and counseling bring patients out of an episode of depression, but it can keep the condition at bay for up to a year on average.”

For more information on the study, visit:
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/310117/acupuncture-may-effectively-treat-depression-study.html

Get more out of your work outs with a sports massage

October 17, 2017

Take your workout to the next level with a sports massage! It doesn’t matter if you implement HIIT (High intensity interval training), jog, swim, lift weights or row a sports massage will help improve your activity as it involves getting deep into the tissue.  This is called myofascial release.  Our bodies get tight and this can cause restrictions in our daily workouts. Myofascial release works by loosening up this connective tissue.  When this happens it improves our ability to move and hence improves the quality of your workout. A restricted muscle such as a tight hamstring can really have a negative impact on your workout and can even lead to an injury.  Sports massage can help alleviate those issues and keep you running at your best.

Sports massage also has other added benefits such as boosting circulation and a massage directly after working out can also help in reducing the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). This works by the body rushing blood to repair any micro tears within the muscle fiber that your workout just destroyed! Pretty neat!

If you are based in Calgary then come over to see us at calgarychiro.com and we will get you firing on all cylinders no matter what activity you partake in!

 

Choosing the Best Chiropractor in Calgary

Finding a chiropractor

If you suffer from lower back pain, chronic headaches, elbow pain, etc, the last thing you need is to feel stressed out trying to find a good chiropractor in your area. There will often be many chiropractors to choose from and it can become very overwhelming trying to find and select a chiropractor to treat your condition.

Here are a few of our recommendations to remove this stress (Obviously we would love to welcome you as a client but if you are not based in the Calgary, Alberta area then hopefully this article can still help you find someone in your local area that can help).

  1.  Search for Chiropractors on Google and visit their website.  This can be great source of information and will often have staff bios that include qualifications, conditions they treat, years in business and more. It can allow you to get a feeling if they take their business seriously.
  2. After completing 1 you can also look at reviews on their google my business listing.  This will give you an idea of what others have thought of their treatment.
  3. Ask family, friends and co-workers.  Often it will be the case that the people you know will have likely used a chiropractor in the past.  Ask them for recommendations.
  4. Ask your physician if they can recommend a trustworthy and reliable chiropractor in your area.

Selecting a chiropractor

After you have come up with one or more chiropractors do not be afraid to call and discuss your treatment options. Often you will be able to get a feeling if they will be suitable for you from just a simple phone conversation. Some chiropractors may offer phone consultations or an in office consultation.

As a final note remember it is important to feel comfortable with your selected chiropractor.  At Coach Hill Chiropractor & Sports Therapy we employ only the best.  If you are based in Calgary and are looking for a chiropractor we would love to hear from you.

 

 

5 Questions to ask your Chiropractor before starting treatment

September 18, 2017

Below we have provided five questions that you should ask your chiropractor before starting any treatment and we have given an example answer by answering what we as Chiropractors based in Calgary would respond with.

How long is a treatment?

At Coach Hill Chiropractor a treatment will last 15 minutes or more and this is a hands on, one on one treatment session. Every Chiropractors treatment schedule will be different though so remember to check this with them.

How long will it take for me to get better?

At Coachhill Chiropractor we like to say as fast as we can!
This is generally between 4-6 treatments in most cases but obviously it will depend on what is being treated. We have lots of tools to speed this up.

What training have you done after school to further your education?

Our practitioners have furthered their education in the form of ART (Active Release Technique), Graston, Etc

We offer Graston Technique, Active Release Technique and more

What options do I have if what we try doesn’t work?

There are the occasions where a treatment will not work and this case our practitioner has a variety of alternative methods to try. This can range from laser therapy to shockwave therapy and write ups for each can be found on our website https://calgarychiro.com

Shockwave therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions

How can i keep this from coming back?

When it comes to preventing re-injury it is important to strengthen the weaknesses that led to the injury in the first place and this is done through rehabilitation or rehab for short.

Rehabilitation is very important in preventing further injuries