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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.

CHIROPRACTIC

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.

CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION

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:

  • Neck Pain

  • Upper and Mid-back pain

  • Low Back Pain including:

    • Spinal stenosis

    • Disc herniations

    • Low back muscle and joins strains and sprains

    • Pregnancy-related low back and pelvic pain

  • Headaches

    • Migraines

    • Tension type

  • TMJ Dysfunction (Jaw Pain)

  • Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist Pain including:

    • Tennis/golfer’s elbow

    • Rotator cuff injuries

    • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Pelvis, Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain including:

    • Plantar fasciitis

    • Shin splints

    • Bursitis

    • Arthritis

    • Patello-femoral pain syndrome

  • Nerve Entrapments & Related Numbness & Tingling

  • Sports Injuries

  • Whiplash and Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

  • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation

  • Chronic Pain

  • Any Neuromusculoskeletal Condition

PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy? Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that focuses on disorders of the pelvis by treating muscles, joints and nerves that course through the low back, hips and pelvis. Both men and women can experience pelvic pain which can be managed conservatively by a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.

Some conditions treated by a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist include:

  • Urinary incontinence (stress, urge and/or mixed) associated with pregnancy, prostatectomies or menopause

  • Urinary frequency or urgency

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

  • Rectus diastasis, during or after pregnancy

  • Chronic pelvic pain

  • Pain during and/or after intercourse (dyspareunia)

  • Pain associated with endometriosis and/or dysmenorrhea

  • Chronic prostatitis (non-bacterial)

  • Tailbone pain (Coccydynia)

  • Hip, low back and sacroiliac joint pain that has not responded to traditional orthopedic treatment

Upasana, our Physiotherapist has received specialized training to internally assess and treat the muscles and joints involved in pelvic conditions. If you have any questions regarding pelvic floor health please do not hesitate to contact us or book an appointment for a free consultation with Upasana.

ACUPUNCTURE

Broadly speaking, acupuncture has three primary effects:

  1. It relieves pain.

  2. It reduces inflammation.

  3. 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. 2 I will explain this process in further detail in the next post.​


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 usually use hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to help improve health.  The soft tissue include: 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 side effects of stress.

Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.

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 the Massage Therapy Act.

Most progressive 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 is a proven treatment to:

  • Reduce or eliminate pain

  • Improve joint mobility

  • Improve circulation

  • Improve immune system functioning

  • Increase lymphatic drainage

  • Reduce depression and anxiety

  • Reduce tension within muscles

CONDITIONS COMMONLY TREATED BY MASSAGE THERAPY?

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis

  • Stress relief and associated conditions

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains

  • Back pain

  • Repetitive strain injury

  • Circulatory and Respiratory problems

  • Pregnancy and labour discomfort

  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitatioN

PHYSIOTHERAPY

WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY?

Physiotherapy is a drug-free health care discipline wherein physiotherapists work with patients of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function. Physiotherapists help patients improve function pre and post surgery as well as throughout chronic disease such as diabetes. They can also be an integral player in helping patients recover from sports injuries, industrial and motor vehicle accidents and age related conditions. Physiotherapists also play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention.

Physiotherapy has proven to be effective in the treatment and management of arthritis, diabetes, stroke and traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and a range of respiratory conditions offering those afflicted with tools and techniques to acquire and maintain an optimum level of function and pain free living.

Conditions Treated by Physiotherapists Include:

  • Neck Pain

  • Upper and Mid-back pain

  • Low Back Pain

  • Headaches

    • Migraines

    • Tension type

  • Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist Pain including:

    • Tennis/golfer’s elbow

    • Rotator cuff injuries

    • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Pelvis, Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain including:

    • Plantar fasciitis

    • Shin splints

    • Bursitis

    • Arthritis

    • Patello-femoral pain syndrome

  • Sports Injuries

  • Whiplash and Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

  • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation

  • Chronic Pain

MANUAL OSTEOPATHY

WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

Osteopathy is a form of natural medicine that aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. In Ontario, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners maintain, improve or restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, and, enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself. They use various manual assessment and treatment techniques and modalities to help people of all ages and backgrounds who suffer injury, pain or other health concerns by easing the pain, reducing swelling, improving tissue mobility and promoting efficient healing.  Restricted or constricted areas of the body – areas which are not moving normally or are “strangled” or “squeezed” may exist in the following systems:

  • musculoskeletal

  • respiratory

  • cardiovascular

  • digestive

  • reproductive

  • nervous

Osteopathy is unique because it focuses on the root cause of pain, dysfunction and dis-ease in the body rather than simply masking the symptoms.

Manual osteopathy is based on 4 basic principles:

  1. Each structure in the body supports the body’s functions. If a structure is damaged, out of place, or otherwise not working properly, the body will not function at its best.

  2. The natural flow of the body’s fluids – lymphatic, vascular, and neurological – must be preserved and maintained.

  3. The human body is the sum of its parts. Its physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive systems don’t work independently -they work in harmony.

  4. When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to heal itself.

Osteopathy embraces the philosophy that the body has an innate or natural ability to self-regulate and to heal itself. The key factor that permits this process to proceed unimpeded is the ability of the body to circulate all of its fluids and liquids. These fluids include the blood, lymph, synovial fluid, digestive juices, cerebrospinal fluid, and all the other intra and extracellular fluids of the body.

Resolving restrictions that impede the circulation of fluids within the body is the focus of osteopathic assessment and treatment. Structural or physical impediments include bones, organs or tissues that are misaligned because of twists, curves or pulls within the body. These restrictions may affect the circulation of fluids and obstruct their ability to carry out essential life processes.

Over time, the body gradually loses its ability to efficiently self-regulate and to self-heal. Some of this loss may be due to the aging process, the prolonged influence of gravity on poor posture, trauma, accident, illness, surgical scarring, childbirth, repetitive activity, or the cumulative effects of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual stress.

In most cases the patient has had some combination of the above experiences. The result of these experiences may manifest themselves locally in the body or more frequently, the symptoms are experienced far from the site of the original site of occurrence. Although treatment may be directed toward several specific areas, the effect of that treatment is often felt throughout the body. It is for this reason that the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is also said to treat the whole body.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR TREATMENT?

In order for your Osteopathic manual practitioner to be able to create and administer an appropriate treatment plan, they need to determine the origin and effects of pain, aging, trauma and other experiences you may have. This process begins with a conversation with you regarding your health history and the current state of your being. This is followed by a complete osteopathic assessment.

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners identify, assess, and treat the body’s structures and rhythms using a gentle, hands-on approach. This fundamental technique is called osteopathic palpation. Osteopathic palpation is what makes manual osteopathy different from other forms of therapy.

Once the nature of your condition is determined, treatment is directed towards helping your body regain its individual and optimal ability to function properly and circulate fluids unimpeded. To do this manual practitioners use 4 major treatment techniques:

Manual Osteopathic Treatment Methods

  1. Soft Tissue Palpation

Soft tissue Palpation is used to evaluate the condition of tissues and to help the body’s fluids flowing. Throughout the treatment, osteopaths keep checking on the state of the body’s tissues. If one technique isn’t working to correct a restriction, they use another approach instead. Above all, osteopathic manual practitioners try to restore health without over-treating.

  2. Osteopathic articular technique

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use this technique to:

  • reduce muscle spasms near a joint

  • ease neurological irritations around a joint

  • make joints more mobile

  • reduce pain and discomfort

The articular technique involves gently moving 2 joint surfaces. Before doing this, practitioners carefully prepare the soft tissues around the treatment area. They also move the patient into a position that will minimize, or eliminate the energy and force needed to perform the manoeuvre. Many patients find this technique less forceful than joint manipulations. A click is sometimes heard when the correction is made. This is nothing more than the synovial fluid moving through the joint.

  3. Cranial osteopathy

This is the most gentle osteopathic technique. To learn this technique, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners undergo years of intensive training. Through this training, their hands become sensitive to the cranial mobility and develop great precision in utilizing cranial technique. Osteopathic manual practitioners use this gentle technique to assess and treat the mobility of the cranium and cerebral spinal fluid. They may also use it to assess and treat the spine, the sacrum, and other parts of the body. The goal of this technique is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other body fluids.

   4. Visceral manipulation

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body, including:

  • lungs

  • heart

  • liver

  • spleen

  • kidneys

  • stomach

  • pancreas

  • intestines

  • bladder

  • uterus

Osteopathic manual practitioners gently move the structures themselves and the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds them to restore full movement. Most patients treated with visceral manipulation feel only gentle pressure of the osteopathic manual practitioner’s hand. But the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, improve blood flow, and help the organ function more effectively.

HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY BENEFIT ME?

There are many benefits to osteopathic treatment. In a nutshell, osteopathic treatment seeks to address the root cause of pain or illness, and relieve chronic pain. The practice also encourages the body to heal itself and rely less on medication.

Here are some other benefits that you may find relevant:

  • Increases range of motion in the joints

  • Reduces pain and stiffness in joints

  • Qualitatively and gently treats spinal problems resulting from poor posture or spinal disk injuries

  • Relieves chronic pain through non-invasive treatment

  • Decreases joint stress

  • Reduces tension in the body

  • Relieves tension headaches and migraine headaches