Core Chiropractic and Rehabilitation has provided Mississauga and surrounding areas with quality and comprehensive healthcare services since 2014. We believe in keeping our community healthy, and we’re committed to exceeding the expectations of our patients. Let us provide you with the personalized care you deserve.
WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario. It is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that serves to diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders and conditions related to the joints, muscles, and nerves of the body.
Doctors of chiropractic use a combination of treatments, all of which are catered to the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and forming a diagnosis, the chiropractor develops and carries out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommends specific rehabilitative exercises, and provides nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling when needed.
Doctors of chiropractic believe in treating an individual as a whole instead of focusing on a single symptom. By identifying and treating conditions in this way, chiropractors are able to improve and maintain the function between the body’s joint, muscular and nervous systems.
WHO CAN SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
Anyone, regardless of age or condition, can come in for a chiropractic visit! Commonly, people suffering from over-use or sports related injuries, stress related ailments, motor vehicle accidents, and workplace accidents seek chiropractic care. Chiropractors work with patients to resolve pain, improve restricted ranges of motion, and restore normal function after an injury has occurred.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A CHIROPRACTIC VISIT?
During the first visit, patients begin by filling out a health status survey, followed by going through a detailed health history with the doctor. The doctor will then proceed to the initial physical examination utilizing a variety of diagnostic and physical examination techniques to assess the patient. Once a diagnosis has been established, the doctor will recommend a treatment plan and discuss alternatives with the patient. Before continuing on to treatment, the doctor makes sure that the patient understands what has been discussed and answers any questions the patient might have. After all questions have been answered, the patient may consent to treatment and treatment can begin.
Chiropractic treatments commonly include: a chiropractic adjustment, joint mobilizations, active/muscular release therapy, acupuncture, hot/cold therapy, rehabilitative exercise, interferrial/micro-current and/or ultrasound therapy.
WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT?
An adjustment is a non-invasive highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. An adjustment can help to relieve pain, restore a joint’s normal range of motion, reduce muscular tightness, and help to normalize nerve function.
During an adjustment, a “popping” sound is often heard by the patient and/or practitioner. This sound represents the release of oxygen gas from a fluid found within the joint. As the pressure within the joint decreases as a result of the adjustment, this gas is released from the fluid resulting in the characteristic “popping” sound.
The safety of chiropractic adjustments has been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Chiropractors are well trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.
Chiropractors in Canada have completed extensive training and education prior to writing a national licensing exam and entering the professional workforce. A minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education, including at least 3 years of an undergraduate university degree and a 4-year chiropractic program of over 4500 classroom hours, is required. In addition to time spent in the classroom, chiropractic students spend over 250 hours dissecting human cadavers in the anatomy lab and at least 1000 hours treating patients in a supervised clinical setting. Following successful completion of their education requirements, chiropractors must pass the national Canadian licensing exams in order to receive a license to practice in Canada.
CONDITIONS TREATED BY CHIROPRACTORS INCLUDE:
Upper and Mid-Back Pain
Low Back Pain Including:
Low back muscle and joins strains and sprains
Pregnancy-related low back and pelvic pain
TMJ Dysfunction (Jaw Pain)
Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist Pain Including:
Rotator cuff injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Pelvis, Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain Including:
Patello-femoral pain syndrome
Nerve Entrapments & Related Numbness & Tingling
Whiplash and Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
Any Neuromusculoskeletal Condition
Broadly speaking, acupuncture has three primary effects:
It relieves pain.
It reduces inflammation.
It restores homeostasis (the body’s ability to regulate its environment and maintain internal balance).
The following is a list of mechanisms that have been identified so far:
Acupuncture promotes blood flow. This is significant because everything the body needs to heal is in the blood, including oxygen, nutrients we absorb from food, immune substances, hormones, analgesics (painkillers) and anti-inflammatories. Restoring proper blood flow is vital to promoting and maintaining health. For example, if blood flow is diminished by as little as 3% in the breast area, cancer may develop. Blood flow decreases as we age and can be impacted by trauma, injuries and certain diseases. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow and vasodilation in several regions of the body.
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms. Acupuncture creates “micro traumas” that stimulate the body’s ability to spontaneously heal injuries to the tissue through nervous, immune and endocrine system activation. As the body heals the micro traumas induced by acupuncture, it also heals any surrounding tissue damage left over from old injuries.
Acupuncture releases natural painkillers. Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are released. Some of these substances are 10-200 times more potent than morphine!
Acupuncture reduces both the intensity and perception of chronic pain. It does this through a process called “descending control normalization”, which involves the serotonergic nervous system.
Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles. This in turn releases pressure on joint structures and nerves, and promotes blood flow.
Acupuncture reduces stress. This is perhaps the most important systemic effect of acupuncture. Recent research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signaling substance that regulates the parasympathetic nervous system. You’ve probably heard of the “fight-or-flight” response that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system has been called the “rest-and-digest” or “calm-and-connect” system, and in many ways is the opposite of the sympathetic system. Recent research has implicated impaired parasympathetic function in a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY
WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage Therapists use hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to help improve health. Soft tissue includes: muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints of the body.
Massage Therapy treatment can help develop, maintain and improve physical function. Massage Therapy can also eliminate, relieve or prevent physical dysfunction, pain and the negative side effects of stress.
Massage Therapists use their extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.
EDUCATION AND REGULATION
Massage Therapists are required to complete a recognized Massage Therapy program in Ontario, typically two to three years in length, followed by the completion of two certification examinations. As a Regulated Health Profession, Massage Therapists are overseen by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and Massage Therapy Act.
Most extended health insurance plans cover Massage Therapy treatments when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist.
WHY SEE A MASSAGE THERAPIST?
Everyone can benefit from Registered Massage Therapy. Massage Therapy may help to reduce or eliminate pain, improve; joint mobility, circulation, immune system functioning, lymphatic drainage, reduce anxiety and depression and of course tension within the muscles of the body.
CONDITIONS COMMONLY TREATED BY MASSAGE THERAPY:
Arthritis, Tendonitis, Bursitis
Tennis and Golfers Elbow
Joint Pain (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot)
Neck and Back Pain
Rotator Cuff Injury
Headaches and Migraines
Spasms, Strains, Sprains
Circulatory and Respiratory Conditions
Post-Injury and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation