Anyone who experiences cold weather joint pain knows how sore it can be and that it may affect general mobility and well-being. What are the best ways to cope with these types of aches?

Head trauma has long been a leading cause of serious injury across a wide range of professional contact sports, besides among college, high school, and amateur sports players. Concussions are a variety of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that often occurs when sports participants accidentally knock heads, receive an elbow, knee, or foot impact to their head, receive too many direct head blows in boxing, collide head-first with the ground or a stationery object, or otherwise suffer from sudden, forceful head trauma. A single major concussion or a long series of smaller concussions in sports events can be career-ending and may lead to chronic severe headaches, nervous system damage, depression, suicidal thoughts, violent/erratic behaviors, and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which can only be successfully diagnosed after death.

It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of Canadians will suffer from some type of back pain during their lifetime. In fact, back pain is the leading cause of disability throughout the world. Fortunately, most cases of back pain are not permanently disabling and many can be treated with an innovative method called Spinal Decompression Therapy. This technologically advanced therapy is often combined with additional types of treatment and is extremely beneficial for individuals who suffer from a variety of issues.

Musculoskeletal injuries are the number one work-place injury, and they are not uncommon as sports and household injuries as well. Your musculoskeletal system includes your bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, and more. A sudden impact can lead to a musculoskeletal injury, but more often they result from over-stressing the system, either in a single incident or over an extended period of time. Musculoskeletal injuries can affect any part of your body, including neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, hips, knees, legs, feet, and wrists. Common symptoms of an injury include acute shots of pain, dull, chronic aches, and stiff/swollen joints. These types of injuries affect all ages, but the elderly are particularly vulnerable to them. There are numerous musculoskeletal injuries that people suffer from. Sometimes they amount to nothing more than a temporary inconvenience, like a mild strain or sprain. Other times however, they can develop into Continue reading →

Posture problems have been becoming even more prevalent in today’s society with more and more desk jobs, more slouching, and even bad sleeping habits. Bad posture can account for so many different health issues, but the great thing is that many of these bad posture habits can be broken and reversed. Health Concerns Associated with Bad Posture Besides causing spine disorders such as scoliosis, bad posture can even cause other problems which include headaches, jaw pain, shoulder and back pain, reduced lung function, and even gastrointestinal pains. A bad posture can affect your health negatively in numerous ways which is why it’s so important to practice good posture. However if you already have posture problems, we can help you find out what it is and also how to fix it. Correcting Posture Problems There are many types of posture problems that can happen to your body, but the good thing Continue reading →

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may feel like you’ve tried everything to get relief. If you don’t want to simply rely on pain medication, you could try using a TENS unit. Here’s a little information on what a TENS unit does and whether or not you’re a good candidate for using one. What TENS is and How it Works TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It works by sending electrical impulses through your skin to “short out” pain signals in your nerve endings, telling your brain to ignore your pain. It’s also believed that the units trigger your body to release its own natural pain relievers, endorphins. The electrical stimulation required to produce endorphins is fairly low, between 2-5Hz, and it can be a safe alternative to pain medication for some people. Using a TENS Machine TENS units typically consist of a small box or power source connected to small adhesive Continue reading →

Pain in your joints and back is not something that you just have to accept. You do have options when it comes to how to make these aches and pains disappear, and one of those options is chiropractic treatment. While some people may seek surgery or prescription drugs as a means of relieving musculoskeletal pain, chiropractic treatment is a noninvasive alternative. If you are suffering from injuries or other health conditions that are affecting your quality of life, chiropractic treatment may provide you with the relief that you need. Here are some of the signs that chiropractic may be right for you:

Car accidents, falls, sports injuries and similar incidents often result in whiplash. When whiplash occurs, it can be difficult to walk, stand, sit or even lay in your own bed. This is because whiplash is not just a jolt, and it causes serious damage to your bones, joints, muscles and other soft tissues. The key to full recovery from whiplash injury is proper treatment. At Chiro-Med, a combination of treatments is used to create a faster, more effective whiplash treatment solution. This includes the following:

Suffering from relentless, non-specific pain takes a toll on an individual’s daily routine and emotional well-being. When the pain does not seem to come from a specific injury or illness, or when more than one area of the body is affected, the effects can be lifelong and traumatic. However, for people who suffer from this type of pain, as well as many other conditions, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This light comes in the form of myofascial release therapy. What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

  The term pinched nerve, alternately called a “compressed nerve,” describes unusual and disproportionate pressure applied to a nerve. Simply put, nerves – bundles of fibers that transmit information – travel through the body inside the spine, and close to joints; always surrounded by other tissues including bone, cartilage, muscles, and tendons. They are, thus, vulnerable to pressure applied by those external elements, which can cause discomfort. That discomfort may be nothing more than a mild tingling, it can be numbness or weakness, or it can be extreme pain. Despite these wide-ranging symptoms, and the many ways and places this injury can be sustained, the symptoms of a pinched nerve are relatively consistent. Identifying the Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve Nerves are at their most vulnerable to compression where they travel through constricted spaces, and where they have little soft tissue to protect them. There is no way, beyond considering Continue reading →