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 →

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese natural therapy to provide relief from pain, treat illnesses, prevent diseases and improve physical wellbeing. It involves inserting tiny, hair-width needles into specific points in your body to stimulate and activate your body’s natural healing processes. It is effective in treating headaches, migraines, back pain, hip pain and sports injuries. It is also effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, infertility and many other physiological and psychological conditions. One of the areas that acupuncture is much sought after is for the treatment of lower back pain, which is caused by biomechanical stresses and chronic emotional stresses. The former includes adopting a bad posture while standing and walking, lifting heavy objects and sitting for long periods. The latter includes anxiety, frustration, anger and depression. Acupuncture for back pain focuses on easing the pain and providing permanent relief. The process has several benefits. Provides relief from back pain: This is, of course, the Continue reading →

Traditional athletic tapes are designed to restrict the movement of affected muscles and joints of your body to quicken the healing process. Kinesio taping therapy has a fundamentally different approach. It is designed to allow your muscles and joints a range of free of motions so that they can heal by themselves thorough natural biomechanical processes. More importantly, it allows you to continue training and engaging in sporting activities despite your injuries. The Kinesio tape can stretch up to 130 – 140% of its original length. The high elasticity of this adhesive tape gives your muscles much needed support through a range of motions. If properly applied, it can cure a variety of physical injuries and dysfunctions. The main benefits of the therapy are: Supports the muscles: The support it provides improves your muscle’s ability to contract, reduces the feeling of pain and prevents muscle cramp, overextension and over-contraction. Improves the flow Continue reading →

Infrared laser therapy is a relatively new type of therapy that uses a low-energy laser beam to cure a number of illnesses and physical conditions. It involves subjecting the affected tissues of the body to a beam of infrared laser light to stimulate positive biological effects, such as to kill recalcitrant cells and to improve the flow of blood in the arteries and veins. The technique has been found to be highly effective in the treatment of many types of inflammation, pain and soft tissue injuries. What is it effective for? Infrared laser therapy is effective for curing a number of ailments including acute or chronic inflammation, chronic lower back pain, arthritis, spinal pain, strain injuries, tendonitis, sciatic pain, knee pain, neck pain, headaches and more. What’s the science behind it? The use of infrared lights and low-energy laser beams to cure pain and illnesses is relatively recent. However, the importance of light Continue reading →

Chronic pain has a debilitating effect on a patient’s life affecting their social, personal, and professional performance in many ways. Living with chronic pain is often excruciating and drives many people to seek extreme ways to alleviate their pain. That is why chronic pain management techniques are now used to efficiently relieve pain for those patients who suffer from long lasting pain. Here are some of the most common chronic pain management techniques: Spinal Decompression Therapy is a form of pain management that entails the use of decompression devices to gently stretch the spine in the affected areas. Spinal decompression has a good reputation as a pain management technique and treatment given its positive effects in restoring function and range of motion of the affected areas. This type of chronic pain management is used for patients suffering from degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, worn spinal joints, radiculopathy, sciatica, and other conditions that Continue reading →

Chronic pain is best defined in opposition to acute pain. Conventionally, chronic pain, unlike acute pain, lasts more than 3 months since onset. Although there is no consensus as to how long pain should last before it is considered chronic, the three month period is traditionally accepted as the borderline that differentiates acute and chronic pain. In addition to the medical explanation, chronic pain is also defined as the type of pain that extends beyond the expected time for healing. Chronic pain may be caused by the activation of nociceptors, in which case it is referred to as nociceptive pain, or by the damage of the nervous system, in which case it is referred to as neuropathic pain. Nociceptive pain is divided into two categories depending on where it is located: Superficial chronic pain is triggered by nociceptors located in the skin or superficial tissues; Deep pain may be classified Continue reading →

There are various factors that may be responsible for triggering your neck pain, including certain medical conditions, injuries, and activities that put strain on the neck. The intensity of neck pain varies from moderate to severe and it can have a wide range of effects on the personal, social, and professional performance of sufferers. In addition to the adequate medicine and therapies, there are a number of ways that you can help relieve neck pain at home, without going to the doctor: 1. Apply An Ice Pack – Ice acts like a constringent agent to effectively decrease inflammation and associated pain. Ice has an anesthesia-like effect on pain, which will ultimately lead to the reduction or even the elimination of neck pain. You can use a plastic bag filled with crushed ice and covered in a soft pillow case that is thin enough to effectively transmit cold yet thick enough to protect your Continue reading →

Everyone has discs in their spine that are made up of thick layers of cartilage on the outside and a soft material on the inside. As you age, these discs become less flexible and therefore, more prone to injury. When the disc is herniated it means that the soft material on the inside of the disc comes through the outer part of the cartilage, which can cause a lot of discomfort in patients. Luckily, this pain does not have to last forever, as there are treatments to correct herniated discs. At Chiro-Med, we have treated many patients using our safe and effective therapies. Spinal Decompression Therapy During your spinal decompression therapy, motorized traction devices are used to position your spine and stretch it, creating negative pressure within your spinal disc. This allows any protruding or herniated material to be pulled back into the disc. If spinal decompression therapy treatments are not Continue reading →

It is common when you have back pain to look to your back as the source of the problem. However, other parts of your body play a big role in how your back feels. Just look down at your feet – YES, your feet! The way your foot contacts the ground beneath you can really impact your back because it will affect the way your back absorbs the compression to your spine.  Your back needs support while you walk, and if your shoes are not providing the proper support you can be hurting your back every time you take a step or even just stand. You may not notice a problem at first, but this lack of support will add stress to your back and cause you discomfort over time. A great solution to the problem of unsupportive footwear is through the use of custom orthotics. Custom orthotics can help to Continue reading →

If you have never visited a chiropractor, then you probably have a lot of questions. This can be a new and unknown territory for you, which can be a bit intimidating. However, there is nothing to be scared of when it comes to this drugless, hands-on approach to pain relief and rehabilitation. The general overview of chiropractic care is that the doctor will use their hands or a small instrument to apply pressure to a spinal joint in order to fix a patient’s structural alignment and improve the body’s overall function. Common treatment techniques in chiropractic care include massage, joint manipulation, stabilization exercises, guidance on self-care, and physical therapy. These care treatments can be done on their own or be combined throughout the duration of your treatment. Many people fear the amount of cracking and popping that occurs during treatment. When the joints are manipulated, gases are released, leading to a popping sound! When Continue reading →