Chiropractic is a health care profession focusing on the spine, nervous system, joints, muscles and soft tissue. Chiropractors assess, diagnose and treat conditions and develop treatment plans to help decrease pain and restore mobility and function. Spinal manipulation, soft tissue techniques, electrotherapeutic devices and other modalities may be used to help patients achieve their best outcomes.
Physiotherapy is a health care profession with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They combine their knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability. The goal is to get patients involved in your recovery to restore and maintain mobility and function.
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments. Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the whole body, helping to optimize health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes, natural therapies, including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, Intravenous therapy, and traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, may also be used during treatments. An evidence-based approach guides all clinical decisions of the Naturopathic Doctors at Living Well Health. We are here to help you manage your health, safely and transparently.
Pilates & Movement Modalities
Pilates is a form of exercise founded in the mid 19th Century by Joseph Pilates. The focus of the Pilates Method is strengthening the body, with an emphasis on core strength. Similar to Yoga, Pilates concentrates on posture, balance, flexibility, and the mind-body connection. STOTT PILATES is the leading contemporary approach to the original Pilates method. Modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation inform the STOTT PILATES method.
Foot care involves the assessment and treatment of the foot and lower leg. Foot care nurses assess the feet and lower legs for proper circulation, wounds/ulcerations, possible fungal infections, diabetic neuropathy, corns, callous’, structural abnormalities and pathologies of the toe nails (e.g. ingrown toenails). A full health history will be conducted, the limbs are assessed and cleansed with antiseptic, toenails trimmed/reduced, callous’ reduced manually or with an electric podiatry drill, and recommendations made be made in regards to abnormalities in the lower limb.
Intravenous Infusion Therapy
Living Well Health Centre is certified with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario to provide a comfortable and safe environment for patients to receive intravenous infusion therapy (IVIT). Using high doses of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, IVIT enhances absorption and improves outcomes that may not be possible with oral supplementation. Some of the indications for IVIT include: mitigating the side effects of chemotherapy/radiation, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic headaches and management of chronic pain. Treatments may range from 30-75 minutes depending on the substances used and the condition. The Naturopathic Doctors at Living Well Health Centre also offer other injection therapies, including vitamin B12 injections and Mistletoe Therapy.
Active Release Therapy
Active Release is a soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Active release can be an effective treatment modality for multiple conditions (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow). These conditions are often a result of overused muscles. Each session is a combination of examination and treatment and is individualized for each patients concern.
Graston Technique® (GT) is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions effectively. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to correctly detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. GT has been shown to provide the patient with decreased treatment time, faster rehabilitation, reduced the need for anti-inflammatory medication. Some of the conditions treated by GT include Patellofemoral Disorders (Knee Pain), Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Medial Epicondylitis, or Golfer’s elbow.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a modality that uses electronically generated shockwaves to treat pain. A shockwave is an intense, but very short energy wave travelling faster than the speed of sound. Shockwave Therapy provides patients with a non-surgical alternative for when conventional treatment has not fully resolved their conditions.
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A hydrotherapy table is a safe and effective treatment to promote relaxation, enhance healing using gentle pressurized water, heat and massage. A hydrotherapy table can help those who prefer a gentle approach to treating pain and can complement other treatment modalities.
Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression, is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. This stretching changes the force and position of the spine, resulting in less pressure on the spinal disc and taking the pressure off of the nerves. Spinal decompression creates a negative intra-discal pressure (pressure within the disc itself) and may help decrease pain by relieving pressure on the spinal nerves caused by disc herniations and degenerative disc disease and is helpful for conditions such as sciatica and facet syndrome. If neck or low back symptoms have not resolved with other types of treatment, spinal decompression may be recommended for people with diagnoses of disc bulge, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, sciatica and spinal stenosis.
On-site Digital X-ray
Depending on your specific condition, X-rays help to develop the most effective treatment plan for you and alert us of any severe health conditions. With Digital x-rays, the images are recorded and stored on a computer rather than traditional film images. A Digital copy of your X-Rays can also be transferred to your family physician if required.
Sports injuries and Exercise Rehabilitation
The essential piece of any rehabilitation journey is exercise. Appropriately prescribed exercises enhance the effects of any other treatment type. In many cases, people have already tried exercises on their own, but have not been able to sustain positive results. Our team takes is committed to providing patients with clear direction and guidance, helping you to understand the purpose of a recommended exercise, as well as proper technique and parameters. Exercise ultimately helps to promote independence and improved self-care during a patient’s rehabilitation journey.
Our team is here to guide you towards the most appropriate ‘hands-on therapy’. There are a wide variety of treatment styles. Massage or soft tissue release techniques, joint mobilization or manipulation/adjustment, can help relax muscles, break up scar tissue, reduce pain, correct joint mechanics and ultimately assist in early return to the desired activity. We here to help you select the best treatment path for your concern.
Dry needling is a skilled treatment intervention that uses a thin acupuncture needle release underlying trigger points in the muscle. This technique can be used to treat any musculoskeletal ailment. It is commonly used to treat pain from pinched nerves, acute muscle strains, chronically tight and painful structures, as well as headaches. By releasing the trigger points/tightness affecting the area, proper biomechanics can recover, and activity can be resumed earlier.
In addition to dry needling, our team also offers Acupuncture for many health conditions. These may include fertility, headaches, menstrual cramping, hot flashes, helping to treat the side effects of chemotherapy and for pain management in those with rheumatoid arthritis.
Post-Concussion therapy rehabilitation
Just resting is no longer considered the best approach to concussion care. Early intervention of various therapies can significantly improve recovery following a concussion. Headaches, balance and visual issues, dizziness and blood flow abnormalities are symptoms of both concussion and neck injuries. A thorough assessment is required to identify any dysfunction (e.g. cervical spine, shoulders) and if these symptoms overlap with already existing concussion symptoms. Concussion Rehabilitation programs should involve significant education on appropriate rest and proper symptom management as well as how to time re-introduction to different activities. Patients may have symptoms related to cervical, vestibular, oculomotor, biomechanical, and autonomic (breathing) dysfunction. Often patients may experience a combination, depending on the severity of the concussion.
After having a surgical procedure, getting back to activity safely and quickly is our goal. Here are some examples where a rehabilitation program may benefit patients.
Fractures – Joint stiffness and muscle weakness are common side effects when a joint has been immobilized in a splint or cast. Exercises and manual (hands-on) therapy such as joint mobilizations are needed to restore full range-of-motion.
Joint Replacement Surgery – Before surgery, it can be helpful to seek treatment. The stronger you are before the joint replacement, the easier you may find the post-surgical rehabilitation process. After a total knee replacement or hip replacement, your joint may stiff and sore. We can guide you through exercise and use hands-on techniques to decrease pain and improve range of motion and ultimately to gain enough strength and balance to walk well and return to the regular recreational activities that you enjoy.
Motor vehicular and work-related injuries
Motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s) or work-related injuries can result in a wide array of physical injuries and cognitive deficits. Our multidisciplinary team is here to identify all the components of the injury. A treatment plan is designed to address all the issues identified in the assessment and taking into account activities of daily living (ADL’s), workplace demands, and cognitive restrictions to tailor the plan to the individual needs of the patient. Our Physiotherapist and Chiropractor often collaborate to make recommendations for each patient on an individual basis. Helping to restore mobility by improving strength, conditioning and flexibility to return to work and physical activities.
TPI Golf Fitness
The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) developed a program to train Medical Practitioners to understand the correlation between a golfer’s physical limitations and their swing flaws. In addition to finding possible swing faults, the limitations highlight areas where you may develop pain or discomfort during your season. A physical screening identifies your physical limitations specific to golf and corrections are made to improve specific biomechanics that may be causing pain or limiting optimum biomechanics for optimal golf performance.
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Athletic Taping can help provide stability by limiting excessive or abnormal movements of joints and ligaments. It also helps to provide proprioceptive feedback to injured joints.
Athletic Taping may be used to help patients return to activity after minor injuries, maintaining proper movement during activity or maintaining proper posture during prolonged standing or sitting.
Bracing is a therapy option that gives needed support to joints that have become uneven or unstable due to an injury, illness or chronic condition. A well-fitted brace may aid in proper joint alignment and support the injured area. Braces gently restrict the range of movement in unstable joints. For example, a sports-related injury may require a specific type of sports brace which offers the most stability over other types of braces.
Ultrasound is applied using the head of an ultrasound probe is placed in direct contact with your skin via a transmission coupling gel. Ultrasound is a non-invasive modality that may increase local blood flow and can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation and promote bone fracture healing.
A custom orthotic is a device that looks like an insole and is designed to align the foot and ankle into their proper form. These medical devices can be custom made to correct underlying imbalances you may have and reduce stress and strain on your body. The symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include any one of the following; Localized foot pain, bunions, hammertoes, arch/heel pain and leg/knee pain.