Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Clinic in Richmond Hill
At Chiro-Med Rehab Centre, we are pleased to offer you physiotherapy and chiropractor services, as well as exercise and rehabilitation therapy. If you need help, you can be sure that we will find the right modality specific to your unique needs or condition.
We Accept All Extended Health Care Insurances, Motor Vehicle Accidents And W.S.I.B.
Chiro-Med Rehab Centre is committed to working with patients, providing program-specific health care services so they may achieve optimal health.
Richmond Hill Clinic
Established in 2007 by Dr. Behfar Sanjari, Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has been committed to providing quality health care services to the inhabitants of Richmond Hill and the surrounding areas.
Chiro-Med also features expanded clinical operations in the Newmarket region, located in the busy College Manor Plaza.
At Chiro-Med Rehab Centre, we are pleased to offer you physiotherapy and chiropractor services, as well as exercise and rehabilitation therapy. If you need help, you can be sure that we will find the right modality specific to your unique needs or condition.
Chiropractic is a health care discipline and profession (Chiropractor) that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the hypothesis that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system. Following a thorough review of a patient’s history and diagnosis, a Chiropractor can create a comprehensive treatment plan, recommend therapeutic exercises, and/or other non-invasive, drug-free therapies.
Physiotherapy focuses on developing, maintaining, and restoring maximum movement and function for individuals. This includes providing treatment in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease, or environmental factors.
Massage Therapy involves a range of non-invasive manual techniques (strokes, gliding, rubbing, kneading and pressure) applied to the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of Massage Therapy is to relieve pain and to reduce swelling, as well as to maintain, rehabilitate, and improve physical function. It is a clinically oriented health option that achieves excellent results for discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse, and many chronic pain syndromes. Our office is based in Richmond Hill.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy
Hot stone massage therapy is a relaxing spa treatment that helps to melt away stress, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. This form of massage therapy promotes deep muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, heated stones at key points on the body.
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. It aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. Acupuncture is comprised of a series of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
We now offer psychology services including assessment and counseling. We can help you in many areas such as mental health issues, relationship and family problems, substance abuse problems and even the emotional pain when going through health and pain issues.
Learn about the variety of physical therapy techniques we utilize in Richmond Hill & Newmarket for the benefit of our clients.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Over a decade ago, NASA noticed that astronauts were relieved of low back pain when they were in anti-gravity environments. They found that spinal disc heights were increased during space missions. With these scientific findings, a new technology was developed called Spinal Decompression Therapy.
Chiro-Med Rehab Centre is now in partnership with the Complete Concussion Management™ group. As concussions have become the focus for both professional and amateur athletes around the world, we at Chiro-Med Rehab Centre wanted to be at the forefront of concussion diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation. With our collaboration and education through Complete Concussion Management™ we now offer the very best in research-proven concussion treatments and rehabilitation.
Low-level laser therapy, also termed photo-biostimulation, is simply defined as light exciting or activating cells. The application of red and near infrared light over injuries or wounds to improve soft tissue healing and relieve both acute and chronic pain. Low level laser therapy is clinically proven to improve blood circulation, promotes anti-inflammatory, anti-edematous and analgesic effects and stimulates wound healing.
Shockwave therapy delivers a series of high-energy percussions to the affected area using a physical shock, not an electric one. Shockwave therapy produces an inflammatory response in which the body responds by increasing metabolic activity in the area of the pain. This stimulates the healing process and actually accelerates it as well. Shockwave can break down scar tissue and perhaps calcification. At Chiro-Med Rehab Centre we utilize the Zimmer Shockwave Therapy System.
Graston is a patented therapy that incorporates stainless steel instruments that are used to breakdown scar tissue, fascial restrictions and release deep soft tissue ailments that may be restricting normal body range of motion. The treatment technique utilizes specialized instruments to detect the cause of your symptoms and efficiently treat the area.
SpiderTech Tape provides pain relief, support and stability without affecting range of motion. The tape itself is pre-cut for the specific injury and body part and is one fluid piece that acts on your body. The tape is formulated to feel the same as human skin in the same elasticity and thickness, it is made from non-medicated cotton tape. SpiderTech Tape is made of high-grade 100% cotton with a 100% poly-acrylic adhesive, there is no latex in the tape.
Osteoarthritis Knee Therapy
Vital Care Medical and Chiro-Med Rehab Centre (Newmarket location) are now offering a joint collaboration for the management of OA Knee. An interdisciplinary approach combing medical and rehabilitative services allowing you to receive a truly integrated approach to management, in turn increasing your percentage of being symptom free and leading an active lifestyle. Our OA Knee Program may involve all of the below components or just some of the components depending on your symptoms, presentation and stage of osteoarthritis. Our program is evidence based, offering consultation / assessment & investigation, prescribed medications, joint injections, in-office supervised exercise program, kinesio-taping, detailed home exercise program, supportive knee bracing (custom and off-the-shelf) and patient education.
Osteopathy is a natural and physical medicine which aims to restore function of the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. Osteopathy is a manual form of healing which emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body. Osteopathic principles believe in the body’s ability to heal itself. Founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician and surgeon, approximately 150 years ago, Osteopaths are widely know and are given the title DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) in the U.S. Dr. Andrew Still was not satisfied with allopathic (mainstream) medicine and its approach of treating a portion of the body which made him search for better, safer, non-invasive and more effective healing methods. Dr. Still named his new school of medicine “osteopathy,” reasoning that the bone (osteo) was the starting point from which he was to ascertain the cause of pathological conditions.” Osteopathy consists of 3 parts: Classical/TBA, Visceral Manipulations, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy thereby allowing treatment of the entire body, mind, spirit and all systems.
A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a health professional who can provide advice on nutrition, food, and healthy eating choices to help feel your best. They translate scientific research about food and nutrition into practical solutions for and your family. A registered dietitian would not just hand you a diet or a list of foods to not eat and send you on your way or promote or sell you unnecessary food or supplements. The advice and information they provide is tailored to you and your needs.
Clinical Conditioning Program
Chiro-Med Rehab Centre is excited to introduce our Clinical Conditioning Program at our Richmond Hill site. You will begin with a full assessment with our in-house Chiropractor or Physiotherapist identifying your present complaint, vitals, core strength, flexibility and muscular endurance. We will then provide a customized program which meets your needs, aiding to reduce your symptoms and increase your energy, endurance and core strength. Your sessions will always be supervised in a one on one setting, so that the appropriate clinical suggestions and postural modifications can be made, while your clinical progression can be monitored and altered as required. Our goal is for you to return to your activities of daily living symptom free and with more confidence, whatever it may be; employment duties, sport specific or leisure day to day tasks.
Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of the interaction between nutrition and genes. It shows the relationship between genes, nutrition and health. It has long been apparent that some people respond differently than others with regards to different foods. For example, individuals with lactose intolerance experience gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming certain dairy products, while other individuals can consume dairy with no discomfort. Nutrigenomics allows us to understand how our genes affect the way we respond to the foods, beverages and supplements we consume. A simple genetic test using your saliva can reveal how your body responds to different nutrients and foods based on your individual genes. The test is done through a company called Nutrigenomix and will allow for personalized nutrition recommendations that are based on your DNA. This test is only available through qualified healthcare professionals, including registered dietitians. We are now offering this test at Chiro-Med Rehab Centre through a consultation with our registered dietitian. Please contact us for more information.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor dysfunction affects so many people, but most Canadians aren’t getting the proper medical attention due to shame and the fear of embarrassment. If you suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, know that you are not alone. Conditions associated with pelvic floor dysfunctions are common and treatable. With a team of highly experienced pelvic physiotherapists, the Chiro-Med Rehab Centre is proud to offer leading Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy services within our Newmarket clinic. Through our comprehensive rehabilitation program, patients can find relief from pain and symptoms associated with pelvic floor injuries or dysfunction. With all health care insurance and WSIB accepted, there’s nothing stopping you from starting your journey to recovery and comfort today. Learn more about the types of pelvic floor dysfunction and our approaches for recovery & rehabilitation below. Ready to book your appointment for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Newmarket? Call us today at (905) 235-2620
Our assessments are exceptional, utilizing the latest technology and techniques to thoroughly evaluate our patients' conditions. Our team of highly skilled professionals is dedicated to providing accurate and effective diagnoses that help us tailor treatment plans to each patient's unique needs.
In-home assessments are used to evaluate the various tasks a claimant may have at home, and to what extent their injuries will impair their ability to perform these tasks.
A work-site assessment is an objective analysis that is used to provide information on the physical demand requirements of the claimant’s pre-accident job.
Functional Abilities Evaluation
A functional abilities evaluation (FAE) is an assessment that utilizes scientific principles and measurements to analyze the abilities of a claimant as relevant to their pre-injury level of function.
Hear what our cherished clients have to say about our services and staff.
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"After being involved in a car accident I started being treated at Chiro-Med Rehab Centre and have had an amazing experience at the clinic. Dr. Sanjari and his staff are amazing! They're friendly, helpful, always greet you with a smile and are very knowledgeable about what they do. The treatment i've received has been second to none and the results have significantly improved my quality of life. Thank you Chiro-Med Team."
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"After being involved in a car accident I started being treated at Chiro-Med Rehab Centre and have had an amazing experience at the clinic. Dr. Sanjari and his staff are amazing! They're friendly, helpful, always greet you with a smile and are very knowledgeable about what they do."
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"Excellent facility. Great chiropractor, excellent massage specialists and other treating practitioners. I had the best body massage here. Very friendly and charming staff. Very good in keeping time so can plan out other activities."
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"Since starting with the group at Chiro-Med my flexibility and strength has improved 150%. I have found the employees at Chiro-Med exceptional."
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"I can not express enough how grateful I am the the staff at Chiro-Med. The quality of service and professionalism is the best that I have encountered. Dr. Sanjari is very knowledgeable and was able to resolve my issues in a few sessions. I wish I had found them sooner as the issues I had were present for over a year, and now it is a pleasure to be once again pain free. Thank you!!"
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"Staff here are the very best you'll ever find. Friendly, always smiling, helping you out in any way the can. Than there is their work which is so comforting and relaxing. Makes one feel like you can always trust them now and into the future."
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"This location is very convenient for me, specially the parking space. They are professional, I am so happy with the doctor. They always try to help as much as they can. I can see that they really care about the patient. The staff are very friendly and helpful. In general I am so happy and satisfied with the services that I get here."
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"Thanks to Dr. Sanjari my vertigo has been eliminated and my spinal problems, lower back pain and neck pain has been greatly decreased. He is professional, knowledgeable and courtesy, his staff is also courtesy and kind. I recommend Chiro-Med."
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"Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has a great positive and relaxing environment. Staff are professional and friendly. I would recommend that you drop by and check out the services for yourself."
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"Chiro-Med is a very professional and pleasant rehab centre. The customer service is great. The receptionists are always very kind, professional and pleasant. They always great you with a smile and quite understanding."
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"Chiro-Med Rehab Centre is a very friendly, professional and a great environment. The staff are all very well trained."
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"Chiro-Med is a very organized and clean facility. The staff is very helpful and polite. It’s definitely the best rehab facility (centre)."
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"They provide you with quick friendly services. They are caring, helpful, and knowledgeable and they remember your name."
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"I had lower back pain during my pregnancy and Dr. Sanjari really helped me. The staff is really nice, kind and friendly. I like the fact that they remind you of your appointments the day ahead."
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"People here make you feel like family, always at ease, friendly smiles, easy going, and always there to help you in any way they can."
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"My experience at Dr.Sanjari’s clinic has been wonderful. I do not feel like I am going to a clinic. Dr. Sanjari and all of his staff are friendly and helpful professionals that make you want to return, especially because you see results. I couldn’t ask for a better medical experience."
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"The staff is extremely friendly. They are really involved by helping the patient and explaining the best treatment option. Knowing that, patients will get motivated and push themselves to get better."
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"I got the DonJoy knee brace about a month ago and the difference is night and day. I’m able to walk and bike once again. I saw an immediate change to the stability of my knee, even stairs are not so daunting to face anymore. I’m very happy to be mobile once more. Even dancing all night no longer proves to be a problem. Most difficult part of getting my brace was the colour / pattern choice. I’d highly recommend this type of brace. By the way my knee injury consists of a blown ACL and severely damaged meniscus!"
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"I got the DonJoy knee brace about a month ago and the difference is night and day. I’m able to walk and bike once again. I saw an immediate change to the stability of my knee, even stairs are not so daunting to face anymore. I’m very happy to be mobile once more. Even dancing all night no longer proves to be a problem."
Our products are made with high-quality materials and cutting-edge technology, providing exceptional durability and performance. Customers love how easy they are to use and how they have improved their daily lives.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, otherwise know as TENS, is a form of electrical stimulation that is clinically proven to provide both immediate and long lasting pain relief from all musculoskeletal injuries. It is a simple and effective alternative to over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers without all the negative side effects.
DonJoy and Bauerfeind Medical Orthopedic Braces
We offer a variety of off the shelf DonJoy orthopedic braces. These braces can be used to prevent and treat injuries. Off the shelf braces provide additional light to moderate support reducing the stress on the injured area. This allows the area to rest which helps to reduce or prevent inflammation and painful irritation to the area. The DonJoy and Bauerfeind Medical braces are comfortable, lightweight and easy to use making them perfect for daily use as well as physical activity.
Donjoy Velocity Ankle Brace
We offer the Don Joy Velocity Ankle Brace. The Velocity Ankle Brace is ideal for those looking to prevent or treat ankle injuries. Its unique design provides protection and support while still allowing for natural unrestricted movements of the ankle. The brace has a lightweight and low profile design that allows it to fit comfortably in tight athletic shoes making it ideal even for athletes. It is available in light, moderate, and extra support and in sizes small, medium and large, as well as regular and wide fits.
Are medical devices which apply a measured amount of compression to your legs, thighs, and waist promoting blood circulation in your lower limbs. Compression hosiery help prevent swelling, decrease pain, and increase comfort. This in turn assists in the management and prevention of the progression of various vein-related diseases.
Custom Donjoy Knee Brace
We proudly feature the innovative Custom DonJoy knee brace. The custom DonJoy brace has a clinically-proven technology and is manufactured with high-tech materials which allow this lightweight brace to provide durable support. DonJoy knee braces have a low-profile design so it fits comfortably underneath clothing and sports uniforms.
Custom Orthotics from Chiro-Med Rehab Centre based in Richmond Hill are medical inserts that comfortably fit into shoes. They are custom designed to support and improve the functioning of feet. Orthotics should be worn at all times – at work, at home, and during recreational activities.
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DonJoy Custom Knee Braces
DonJoy is a pioneer in innovative functional knee braces. They have over a thirty year track record of producing quality knee braces that athletes have come to know and trust. As their website says, “Know pain? Know gain” and it is this mindset that has DonJoy positioned as a world leader in knee brace designs.
The DonJoy researchers have made a profession out of performance by studying the body, consulting with health professionals, and by listening to athletes. Their passion to help athletes and other individuals with injuries has made its way into an impressive forty-four countries. DonJoy produces world-class products for the health care professionals who prescribe them and for those who wear them.
This brand of custom knee braces provides people with a huge range of options with guaranteed comfort and a great fit. Each knee brace is fabricated within a day or two using anatomical measurements so that the fit is right the first time.
DonJoy knee braces are not just for use after an injury occurs; they are also prescribed to many athletes as a preventative method to possible injury!
The original DonJoy brace was developed by an orthopedic surgeon for patients who suffered with anterior knee pain relating to conditions such as:
- Mild osteoarthritis
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Chondromalacia patella
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Quadriceps and patella tendonitis/tendinosis
How Can a DonJoy Knee Brace Help You?
DonJoy knee braces can help relieve anterior knee pain during all sports activities or during your daily routines. If you have experienced cartilage injury or if you have mild arthritis in the knee a brace can help you maintain mobility.
Countless adults suffer with knee osteoarthritis and in many of these cases; this chronic condition impedes their ability to enjoy their day-to-day routines, work, and to enjoy their recreation.
A knee brace can serve many functions depending on the specific issue that plagues you. Knee braces can not only be used as a means of therapy but they can help stabilize in the event of a fracture and they can help facilitate the healing process after surgery.
A great feature of the DonJoy knee braces is that they have a removable breathable sleeve that prevents sweat from occuring. This is worn beneath the brace to help mobilize the area, and it helps to protect the skin from irritation and chafing as well.
Best of all, those who wear a knee brace find that their overall confidence levels are increased and this is really important especially for those who are healing from surgery or injury.
There are many knee brace options that can help to relieve pain. Only a qualified health professional can help you find the right one for your specific condition.
Contact Chiro Med Rehab Centre if you want more information on whether or not you may be a candidate for a DonJoy knee brace. Chiro-Med Rehab Centre in Richmond Hill has professionals on staff that can help you with many of your health needs. Our walk-in clinic is conveniently located at 10144 Yonge Street, just north of Major MacKenzie Drive in the heart of Richmond Hill. Visit Chiro-Med online or call 905-918-0419 for more information.
Acupuncture In Richmond Hill For Weight Loss
Studies have shown that acupuncture offers some benefits to those who are trying to lose weight. The body has energy meridians and the ancient practise of acupuncture helps individuals in a myriad of ways including weight loss.
Weight gain isn’t the result of just a bad diet; there are other factors that contribute to gaining weight. Bad diet habits combined with little or no exercise is perhaps the main reason people gain weight but for some, there are other factors. Hormone imbalances and a slow metabolism (usually linked to lack of exercise) are other reasons.
Often people will blame diabetes for their weight, but most individuals with diabetes get this as a result of eating too much food, including sugar. Results of a large epidemiological study conducted at University of California San Francisco, suggest that sugar may have a direct, independent link to diabetes. An article on the university’s website says:
Researchers examined data on global sugar availability and diabetes rates from 175 countries over the past decade. After accounting for obesity and a large array of other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher Type 2 diabetes rates, independent of obesity rates. Their study was published Feb. 27 in PLOS ONE.
Losing weight is a major money-making industry with all sorts of gimmicks, products, and pills offering results. Americans spend over $33 billion every year on weight loss programs. Sadly, over 90 percent fail in their attempt to lose the weight they need to maintain good health. The reality is that changing the diet and regular exercise is critical in achieving results. This is much easier said than done and this is why people tend to seek out “quick fixes” when wanting to lose weight. There are additional ways that can help, but again, diet and exercise must be part of the goal to achieve and maintain results.
Using acupuncture to help with weight loss is a multi-pronged approach. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, recent studies have shown that when acupuncture is combined with traditional methods of weight loss, patients lose more weight.
A study published at the National Institutes of Health showed that acupuncture in combination with diet restriction was found to be effective for weight loss. Acupuncture can be used as a synergistic treatment option for obesity control (and weight loss in general).
Of particular interest is acupuncture’s ability to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found that acupuncture treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. Acupuncture can also strengthen the function of the liver. The liver is the organ that produces chemicals critical for digestion, the processing of nutrients and breaking fat down. It is suspected that acupuncture may increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help individuals obtain the “full” feeling.
According to Dr. Oz, acupuncturists focus on the four acupuncture points that target hunger points on the ear. Tiny sterilized needles are inserted along these inner channels to decrease the "heat" generated along these meridians and to stimulate centres that trigger the release of neurochemicals and hormones that help in weight loss.
As with any changes to the body, there may be minor side effects to acupuncture treatment that include fatigue, soreness, and possible muscle spasms. In the weight loss process, the body will experience changes including hormone levels (for the better).
It is very important to seek the services of a qualified acupuncturist in order to obtain best results. Be sure to follow through with diet suggestions and exercise regularly.
Established in 2007 by Dr. Behfar Sanjari, Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has a proven record of commitment providing quality health care services in the Greater Toronto Area. Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has qualified professionals who can help you develop a personalized plan to help you safely lose weight. We have clinics located in Richmond Hill and Newmarket, visit Chiro-Med online or call 905-918-0419 or 905-235-2620 for more information.
Chiropractic Treatment – Will It Work For You?
Because chiropractic therapy is considered to be an alternative method of treatment, some critics question its effectiveness as well as its level of safety. When you visit a Richmond Hill chiropractor you can rest assured that you will receive professional care from a highly trained specialist in chiropractic medicine.
The level of risk involved in chiropractic care is minimal, and the benefits far outweigh the risks. Manipulation of the spine for lower back pain, the most common type of back pain is considered to be a safe and effective method of treatment that can be used by nearly everyone. It is not recommended for anyone who suffers from osteoporosis or nerve damage, and people who have had spinal surgery should consult their physician before seeking chiropractic treatment. If your back pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, rash or chills, or unexpected weight loss, you should visit your doctor for an examination to rule out other causes such as infections or tumors before seeking chiropractic care.
In most cases, back pain is caused by repetitive movement and poor posture. This type of back pain responds well to chiropractic treatment, and can be completely eliminated by removing the source of the pain while undergoing treatment. A Richmond Hill chiropractor can advise you of the environmental factors that may be causing your back pain and suggest ways to improve your overall spinal health through exercise, better posture, and by making your environment more ergonomic.
With the demands that many jobs place on our bodies, it is easy for the spine to suffer additional strain from standing, sitting and repetitive motions. For many of us, back pain is unavoidable. Visiting a Richmond Hill chiropractor can provide you with the relief that you need.
Gardening and Back Problems
Gardening is a favourite activity enjoyed by many and as the growing season progresses so does back trouble. Working outdoors in the garden or those who are landscapers often experience back issues from time-to-time and this is (usually) treated quite easily. After a long winter we all want to get outside and rush into our gardens yet after sitting idle for many months, racing out there may get many into trouble. Sometimes right away or sometimes weeks later, back troubles start to emerge that inhibit one’s ability to enjoy their garden. The main muscles used during gardening are in the back, shoulders, legs, thighs, and wrists. Lower back pain is the most common pain that gardeners tend to suffer. The lower back muscles support the whole body so it is very common to suffer from lower back pain not only after gardening, but any physical activity.
Prevention is Key
To help prevent back injury doing some simple warm up exercises is important. After all, gardening is exercise and being limbered up to spend time working outdoors can help. Not only will you feel better after gardening, chances are you’ll feel better while out in the garden.Having a brisk walk around the block is a simple exercise you can do to help limber up. A few toe touching movements (be sure knees are bent), holding your arms straight out from your shoulders and making circles, and a few twisting movements at the waist (legs secure, knees bent) all go a long way to loosening up your muscles and helping you get through your garden work with ease.
Keep in mind that repetitive movements and improperly lifting heavy objects are the main causes of injuries. Gardening is bending over, twisting, lifting and pulling. Depending on how much work there is to do, switch up your tasks every 10-15 minutes.
The riskiest thing to a gardener is bending over and lifting heavy objects. Always be sure your knees are bent and when you lift something that your legs are doing the brunt of the works and your back is kept straight at all times. Never twist when picking something up.If you have a lot of raking to do (as most of us do especially in the spring and autumn months) rake with one foot in front of the other then switch ‘lead’ legs once in awhile.Take frequent rest breaks. Stop as often as you need to and evaluate how you feel. Always drink lots of water, and breathe deep while having your breaks.Above all, know your limitations and get help when needed. They say in health care that the caregiver needs to take care of themselves in order to provide the best care. This rule applies to gardening as well. When the gardener takes care of himself, the garden will flourish. Last but not least, if you are down on the ground removing weeds or planting be sure to use knee pads. Knee pads go a long way to prevent knee injuries.
Although the sun doesn’t fit into the category of preventing back injury while gardening it needs to be mentioned because it is important to having healthy bones. We all need sunshine on our skin to help our body produce vitamin D which is critical in our overall health. To read more about this please refer to a previous article by clicking here. If you always use sunscreen then you are opening the door to possible health problems including having a poor immune system in the winter. Having 15 or 20 minutes of mid day sun will help your body produce all the vitamin D you need for awhile. However, as summer draws to a close it becomes very important to start taking supplements or making sure you are getting enough vitamin D. The best method of protection when you aren’t “getting” your daily dose of sunshine is simply by wearing a wide brimmed hat and long sleeves. However, if you must use sunscreen please research which ones are safe. Many have been proven to cause cancer because of the chemical content. You can refer to the Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen report to find out what brands are safe.
When Gardening Injury Occurs
An injury can be something as minor as a tiny ache to piecing pain and anything in between. If it is a minor ache and you can still maintain good posture and this ache does not stop you from doing other activities then be sure to take it easy. Sometimes going for a walk can help or doing very light work, but none-the-less do not go overboard.
If your injury causes you to want to reach for pain killers then please seek chiropractic help. Taking a pill will temporarily alleviate pain but it won’t solve the underlying issue which is the injury. It is critical to ensure that the exact problem is taken care of properly to help prevent re-injury.
Established in 2007 by Dr. Behfar Sanjari, Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has been committed to providing quality health care services to the Greater Toronto Area for over half a decade. Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has qualified professionals who can help you come up with a personalized plan to ensure the stretches and exercises will benefit the health of your head, spine and extremities. We have clinics located in Richmond Hill and Newmarket, visit Chiro-Med online or call 905-918-0419 or 905-235-2620 for more information.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to compression of the median nerve at the wrist, resulting in weakness, pain and possibly numbness of the hand and wrist. The median nerve controls sensation in the palm of the hand (thumb and fingers, excluding the pinky or little finger).
Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is very important, since long-term carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent nerve damage, constant numbness and atrophy of muscles related to the carpal tunnel.
Causes Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Often times the specific cause of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is undetermined. However, it is known that CTS is associated with the following:
- An abnormally small carpal tunnel
- Repetitive, work related stress
- A wrist injury that results in swelling (e.g. wrist sprain or fracture)
- An overactive pituitary gland
- Arthritis (rheumatoid)
- Fluid retention during pregnancy
- Cysts/tumors that form in the tunnel
Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Symptoms of CTS usually start gradually, and become more severe as the problem worsens.
The following symptoms are listed from initial to later stages:
- Tingling, itching and even a burning sensation in the thumb and fingers
- Numbness in the palm of the hand
- A feeling of tightness or swelling
- Pain in the hand or wrist
- Loss of strength when gripping some object
- Inability to distinguish between cold and hot objects
- As the condition worsens atrophy of the thenar muscles may occur
Please note that it is common for these symptoms to first occur at night only, since many people sleep with their wrists in a flexed position. As the condition progresses some or all of the symptoms will occur throughout the day as well.
Treatment Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There are two types of treatments for CTS: surgical and non-surgical. It is very important to diagnose CTS as early as possible in order to avoid surgical treatment.
Non-surgical treatment consists of:
- Resting and immobilizing the affected hand via splints or braces
- Avoiding activity that stresses the hand and wrist
- Massage therapy
- Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs to ease pain and swelling
- Injection of corticosteroids into the wrist (can also be taken orally) to relieve pressure on the
Surgery is often recommended if symptoms have been present for 6 months.
There are two types of surgery used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Traditional "open release" surgery, which involves an incision in the wrist followed by severing
of the carpal ligament (this increases the size of the carpal tunnel)
- Endoscopic surgery, which involves inserting a tiny camera into the wrist/palm and results in a
faster recovery time, less post-operative discomfort and a smaller degree of scarring.
It is very important to catch carpal tunnel syndrome early on. Unfortunately CTS can be difficult to diagnose, and symptoms can also be caused by things other than carpal tunnel syndrome.
Chiro-Med Rehab Centre located in Richmond Hill has the necessary expertise and knowledge to help you recover from carpal tunnel syndrome. As professionals we can recommend the type of treatment needed and effectively implement that treatment, getting you on the road to recovery as quick as possible!
Low Back Pain & Core Stability Training
If you experience low back pain and struggle to understand why, then this may help shed some light on your situation. Many of us have heard on television commercials about core strength or core training, but what exactly do these terms mean and why is there a push to strengthen our core muscles?
Let’s start off with defining core strength. This is not about getting a six-pack of abs or having a rock hard belly; core strength is about keeping your core muscles in shape as a preventative to injury.
Core muscles are the muscles that form around the trunk of the body. The more common core muscles include:
- Transverse abdominis: This is located under the obliques. It is the deepest of the waist muscles and this helps to keep the spine stable and protected.
- Internal obliques: These are located under the external obliques.
- Pelvic floor muscles: The pelvic floor is a hammock of pelvic floor muscles that connect the pubis bone at the front to the tailbone (coccyx) and sitz bones at the back.
- Multifidis muscles: This area is under the erector spinae (a group of 3 muscles that extend from the lower back to the neck) and runs along the vertebral column. These muscles rotate and extend the spine.
There are other core muscles that include: hip adductors, hip flexors, as well as the gluteus medius, minimus and maximus.
Weak Core Muscles And Reoccurring Back Pain
The abdominals are only a small portion of what makes up the core. Weak or unbalanced core muscles are often linked to severe back pain. Weak core muscles can also result in a loss of good posture and this means eventually there will be pain.
When core muscles are kept toned through core exercises, they stabilize the spine area, as well as the neck and shoulder. All movements originate from the center of the body so keeping these toned is crucial. Before you’re able to do any quick or powerful movement, your spine has to be stable and balanced from the core; if not, and it is weak, and a quick movement occurs, injury can occur. Core exercises develop functional fitness and this is highly beneficial to help with regular activities.
Weak Core Muscles And Back Muscle Spasms
When an individual has a weak core this can lead to the global muscles working harder than they should. Global muscles are large torque-producing muscles that produce a flexing motion. They act on the spine and the trunk without direct attachment. The global muscles are the rectus abdominis and the external oblique. So a weak core exerts pressure on the global muscles which results in regular muscle spasms.
If you have a lack of core development then this means you have a predisposition to injury. When core muscles are weak, putting them to work feels like hard work. For example, it is easier to slouch than to sit straight – slouching weakens the core muscles. It also creates a shift in the natural alignment of the spine putting continuous pressure on the spinal column and all the core muscles surrounding it. Before long, muscles become imbalanced (some over stretched and others shortened) and create deviations in the spine that produce chronic back pain
Developed core muscles help you react faster and stronger, and they allow your body distribute stress evenly and absorb shock effectively. In turn, your chances of back pain or injury are greatly minimized.
Developing Core Strength
In order to develop any muscle you have to use it. There are many exercises you can do, the best way to start is through bracing exercises.
Getting that perfect posture is very important. The more centered your spine is in relation to the rest of your body, the more erect you'll sit and stand. Strong lower-back and abdominal muscles help you to even sit at a desk all day. (If you sit several hours at a desk every day, try ditching your chair for a stability ball; sitting on this does wonders for developing and maintaining core strength.)
There is much more you can do to strengthen your core muscles. Chiro-Med Rehab Centre in Richmond Hill has qualified staff to help you regardless of whether you already have a back injury and need treatment or if you need advice on getting your core strength increased.
Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has a walk-in clinic conveniently located at 10144 Yonge Street, just north of Major MacKenzie Drive in the heart of Richmond Hill. Call 905-918-0419 for more information or to book a consultation.
Shin Splints: Periostitis
Many of us have heard the term shin splints but are unsure as to what it really means. Often, the term shin splints is used to describe pain that is experienced at the front of the lower leg; yet the pain originates from inside of the shin bone located at the front of the leg. Individuals who enjoy running, whether professionally or for leisure, tend to experience the pain of shin splints sooner or later more so than other people.
Causes Of Shin Splints
Shin splints are an overuse injury that is also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, or MTSS. Many athletes who experience shins splints tend to describe an exercise history that includes rapid increases in intensity or duration of impact activities. The most common cause of shin splints is actually repeated trauma to the muscles or bones.
Other causes of shin splints include:
- Overuse of the legs, resulting in irritated, swollen muscles.
- Muscle imbalance that can result from an injury.
- Stress fractures of bones in the lower leg.
- The condition called ''flat feet", where the arches of the feet have collapsed (upon impact with) the ground there is a major stretching of muscles and tendons).
- Abnormal tightness of the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles.
Symptoms Of Shin Splints
The following are symptoms of shin splints:
- Pain around the shinbone (tibia), just below the knee.
- This pain is often 10 to 15 cm in length.
- Shin splints are often experienced early on during a workout. It commonly decreases well into the session, only to be felt more intensely at the end and after the workout.
- The discomfort is often characterized as a dull, aching sort of pain.
- With extreme cases the swollen muscles can result in irritation of the feet, leading to weakness and even numbness.
Treatment Of Shin Splints
One thing to keep in mind with shin splints is that it is very important to be in the care of a qualified health professional to ensure proper healing. There are two main types of treatment: complete rest and relative rest. Complete rest is completely resting the affected leg so that your body can heal itself, without any physical activities. While effective, this option may not be palatable to some people (e.g. athletes in training). As a result some therapies involve both rest and light physical activities.
The following are treatments commonly used to treat shin splints:
- Rest of the affected leg.
- Icing of the affected shin to reduce any swelling and pain.
- Use of custom orthotics to correct for any gait irregularities.
- Wrapping a tensor bandage around the affected area.
- Gentle stretching of the calf and front leg (tibialis) muscles.
- Anti-inflammatory painkillers (e.g. ibuprofen or aspirin) to reduce swelling and pain. Note that these anti-inflammatory medications can have serious side affects, and should only be prescribed by a doctor.
- Very occasionally surgery may be required to address an issue that constantly results in shin splints.
Shin splints can result in discomfort and in severe cases debilitating pain, disrupting your routine and enjoyment of life.
Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has the necessary knowledge and expertise to help you recover from shin splints. Our professionals can recommend the type of treatment needed and effectively implement that treatment, getting you back on to your normal routines as fast as possible!
Spinal Decompression For Bulging / Herniated Discs
When a disc in the spine is damaged, it may break open or it may bulge therefore becoming a herniated disc. A herniated disc is something that can cause immense pain, a numbing sensation and weakness in the area in which the nerve travels in the body. This occurs because the herniated disc is applying pressure onto nerve roots. The pain can be experienced anywhere from the lower back, in the buttock and into the legs as well; this is referred to as sciatica.
The spinal vertebrae are cushioned by spongy, small discs and when they are healthy, they act as a shock absorber in the spine. Any disc can become a herniated disc; however most herniated discs occur in the lower spine. Some may occur in the neck and even though rare, they can occur in the thoracic spine (upper back).
There is no escaping the pain that a bulging herniated disc can inflict. Many people end of on prescription medication for pain management and in more severe cases, surgery. There is another option.
Spinal decompression is a non-invasive medical treatment that helps to relieve the pressure on one or several pinched nerves on the spinal column. Although there is a surgical procedure for this, there is a non-surgical method. This procedure has assisted many people in treating pain induced from a bulging / herniated disc (as well as disc herniation, sciatica and other back ailments). This is simply advanced traction that has an advanced understanding of human physiology. Spinal decompression allows the health care practitioner to treat specific spinal segments and the treatment alternates accordingly between careful stretching and relaxing. This method has helped countless patients to realign their spine and eliminate pain.
Will This Treatment Be Uncomfortable?
No, in fact spinal decompression therapy is actually quite gentle. The system used is computerized; therefore tiny increments are applied until maximum setting has been achieved. Once achieved, there is release. The patient will mild to moderate pulling sensation.
Results will vary from person-to-person based on several factors. Some people respond well and will notice a difference a lot faster than others. Also, there will be some patients who will require maintenance treatments to ensure results are maintained.
There is a plethora of research out there that indicates spinal decompression therapy is effective. However, it is important to know that this form of treatment is not for everyone. If an individual has severe osteoporosis, is severely obese or if a woman is in the advanced stages of pregnancy then this is not recommended. Also, if a person has had spinal surgery and has instrumentations (metal plates, cages, etc.) then this is not a treatment option.
Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has qualified health professionals who are fully trained in providing spinal decompression for bulging / herniated discs. If you want to find out more information about this incredible way to treat pain, please visit Chiro-Med online. Chiro-Med Rehab Centre has a walk-in clinic conveniently located at 10144 Yonge Street, just north of Major MacKenzie Drive in the heart of Richmond Hill. Call 905-918-0419 for more information or to book a consultation.
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