If you’ve recently suffered a concussion, we advise that it will probably take you at least 1 – 2 weeks before you start feeling completely back to your normal self again. The good news is that if you’re managing your concussion from home, you’re well on the road to a full recovery. However, how long it takes will depend on various factors, such as your age, the severity of the concussion, and your health before the head trauma. 

Everyone experiences pain from time to time. Unfortunately for some of us, that pain can last and grow to take on far too large a place in our lives. There are many methods of pain management available today, ranging from medicinal approaches, to physical therapies, to psychological approaches. Chiropractics offers a useful method to take on this pain and thankfully, a chiropractic adjustment can not only help manage this pain and in some cases even treat the causes, allowing you to live a healthier and satisfying life. Why Should I Consider Chiropractics? The best place to begin understanding chiropractic adjustments by looking at the problems they aim to fix. Broadly speaking, any adjustment will be intended to help realign the joints in your spine, or vertebrae. Often through no fault of our own, these joints can come out of alignment, leading to a variety of painful conditions. These can range from headache and lower Continue reading →

Chiropractic care is the best treatment option for increasing numbers of people. Whether you are suffering from neck or joint pain, or simply want to increase range of motion, here is what you need to know about your local chiropractor. Chiropractor’s Education Before you ask what does a chiropractor do, your first question might be what education does your chiropractor need to acquire? Chiropractors undergo rigorous education and licensing. All chiropractic educational programs are accredited by a national governing federation. But before entering an accredited Doctor of Chiropractic program, students must take three years of university-level study. Chiropractic education requires both classroom and clinical study, focusing in on three areas: basic training in health sciences and biological sciences. Specialized training in chiropractics including theory, practice, diagnosis and application, and extensive work in clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and referral. Upon graduation the student must then pass both written and practical exams Continue reading →

  According to the journal, Radiology, a single concussion could result in lasting brain damage. With anywhere between 10% and 20% of all athletes suffering a concussion each season, it’s important to have complete concussion management to prevent devastatingly permanent or even fatal brain injuries. The following information explains a concussion, and the steps to go through in order to complete concussion management, reducing its effects. What is a Concussion? A concussion or mild traumatic brain injury is a difficult process affecting the impulse or acceleration forces delivered to the brain. Concussions can cause a myriad of effects. However, concussions most commonly cause temporary dysfunction in the nerves, which results in the athlete’s nerves not working properly, causing symptoms such as: – Head pressure – Headaches – Vomiting or Nausea – Neck pain – Blurred vision – Dizziness – Sensitivity to light or noise – Problems with balance – Feelings Continue reading →

  Joints are subject to damage from both injury and disease. When either occurs, movement is inhibited and pain is experienced. Like many complaints, the incidence is likely to increase with age, but what causes joint pain? What Causes Joint Pain? Those four little words, “both injury and disease,” cover a multitude of possibilities. The incidence of joint discomfort is extremely high, with one survey discovering a full third of adults suffering in the month preceding its random sampling. Strains and sprains are the most common causes of joint pain that isn’t associated with a disease. Diagnosable conditions which can present as joint pain include: Bursitis. An inflammatory condition affecting small, fluid-filled sacs located close to joints that perform frequent repetitive motion, bursitis occurs most commonly in the elbow, heel, hip, knee and shoulder. Gout. A type of arthritis, acute gout typically affects only one joint, where uric acid has built up in the blood causing joint Continue reading →

  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 →

  Headaches are among the most common reasons patients visit their doctors, and tension headaches are the most common type experienced. What are the symptoms of a tension headache? – A “vise-like” sensation in the back of the head and neck – Pain in the head and neck area – Muscle contractions in the back of the neck – Headaches that happen later in the day What are the causes of tension headaches? Tension headaches have also been called “muscle contraction headaches.” Some causes include: – Stress – Mental or emotional conflict – Anger, either chronic or transient – Clenching the jaw – Intense, focused work – Low blood sugar or hunger – Depression – Anxiety – Acute or chronic sleep deprivation – Sleep apnea When medications aren’t enough or are contraindicated Although medications like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen can help, they have side effects. You may not be able Continue reading →

  Chiropractic care can do amazing things for a person’s health.  Depending on which phase of life you’re in, the benefits of chiropractic care can vary greatly.  If you’re a senior, you might be surprised about some of the advantages to be obtained from regular visits to your chiropractor. Pain Relief.  As you age, your joints can lose the cartilage and lubrication necessary to eliminate pain.  Prior injuries and medical issues can contribute to even further pain and discomfort.  When chiropractors realign the vertebral column, many of the abnormalities that create pain in the spine and surrounding soft tissue structures experience relief that often dismisses comfort throughout the central nervous system. Increased Motion.  Limited movement may become regular as you start to experience stiffness in your joints in old age. You might be surprised to learn that many people experience an increase in motion in their extremities after chiropractic work, which reaches Continue reading →

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor in Richmond Hill? It is a frequently asked question by many people who endure some form of pain or dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system and need chiropractic help. The answer is no, you don’t need a referral to see a chiropractor in Richmond Hill or anywhere in Canada for that matter. Chiropractors in Canada are primarily contact health professionals as defined by the law and seeing a chiropractor will not require any referral from your primary care physician or anyone else. Legally, no matter where in Canada you live, you can choose to consult a chiropractor directly without any referral from your doctor.  However, you should know that the success of a treatment often depends on how medical practitioners work as a team. You may find that your doctor will recommend a visit to a chiropractor without you even requesting it. You may also discover Continue reading →

Chiropractic therapy is an alternative treatment for neuromuscoskeletal disorders and their effects on general health. It may look like regular physiotherapy to the eyes of the uninitiated, but it differs in form and purpose. The main focus of chiropractic therapy is to maximize your body’s natural self-healing properties by preventing and correcting interference in the nervous system. What is the therapy good for? Although chiropractic detractors may deride it as pseudoscience, it has proven to be an effective treatment for a number of health conditions, including low back pain, cervicogenic headaches, acute neck pain, and migraine headache. The therapy has also been found to be suitable for the treatment of tennis elbow, shoulder girdle dysfunction, Adhesive Capsulitis dysfunction, hip osteoarthritis and knee osteoarthritis. What is the science behind it? Chiropractic therapy lays emphasis on the treatment of the spine and especially the alignment of the vertebrae as the primary means to heal the Continue reading →