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.
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.
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
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
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.”
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A University of Alberta study shows that physical therapy exercise can improve the curve of the spine for teens with scoliosis. Sanja Schreiber, of the University’s Faculty of Rehabilitation, states that the study demonstrated significant improvements to the curve of the spine when patients underwent a physiotherapeutic program.
Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curve of the spice that primarily effecting adolescent females; the cause is currently unknown. Symptoms of scoliosis can include back pain, problems breathing or significant physiological issues – all causing an overall decreased quality of life.
Schreiber described the current care for scoliosis patients as a “wait and see” approach; this study suggests that physiotherapy can assist in the control of scoliosis symptoms, especially in the absence of a back brace – a common method of management for scoliosis patients.
Dr. Barbara Sloat, a leader in Canadian chiropractic treatment, dedicates her career to educating others – specializing in training for individualized treatments. Sloat believes that everyone should live life at the highest level and that chiropractic care can assist that.
To those who are unsure of the practice, Sloat provides five reasons for pursuing chiropractic care:
Chiropractic care is a generally safe and effective treatment for acute lower back pain.
Research shows that chiropractic treatment is helpful in reducing both neck pain and headaches.
Repeated visits to a chiropractic clinic can maximize your overall health, by unblocking nerve energy and allowing it to flow better throughout your entire body.
Chiropractic adjustments can improve the poor posture brought about by long hours spent sitting at desks.
Chiropractic care can benefit the quality of your sleep – easing aches, pain and stress that may awake you during the night.
Coach Hill Chiropractic clinic offer several services dedicated to individualizing treatments; our health care professionals adapt their treatments for what is needed by the patient.