When you think of Chiropractic and you think just spinal adjustments, think again when considering one of our Chiropractic Team Members at WIN Health Solutions. Dr. Ernie Bagnulo reviews how he and the Chiropractors at WIN have broken down the classical notions of Chiropractic and go above and beyond each day to offer a vast number of different treatment options that are always individualized to each patient. You may be surprised to learn that these many great treatment options don’t involve spinal adjustments!Read More
“Why am I so Tired?!” is a question that so many people struggle with. Dr. Laura has helped many people find that answer. Read on to see her run down of the biggest energy drainers that may be sucking the life out of your battery pack.Read More
We’re all back to the swing of things this month with work, school, sports, events, you name it! Dr. Laura offers her top stress management lifestyle strategies to help you navigate life with a level head.Read More
Sciatica is a very common concern that affects many people. WIN Physiotherapist, Jeff Dill, shares some tips and strategies that you can do at home to help alleviate the concerns associated with sciatica.Read More
Drawing from his years of experience with acupuncture in clinic, and training health professionals to use this therapy, Dr. Ernie Bagnulo discusses the way acupuncture works and the benefit of it.Read More
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
Chiropractors diagnose and treat conditions dealing with the many joints of the arms and legs. We commonly see various conditions of the shoulder, hip, knee, wrist…if it’s a joint in the body, we know how to help!
When you “roll your ankle,” it’s also known as a lateral ankle sprain. These are common among physically active people. These injuries are often treated with a combination of several therapies such as ice packs in the initial phases. If the injury is bad enough you might seek professional help from your doctor, physiotherapist, or chiropractor.
Although no two joints or joint conditions are necessarily managed in the same way, ankles can often be treated with a joint manipulation, similar to what people commonly know to occur during a typical chiropractic visit for neck or back pain. One joint which responds remarkably well to treatment of this type are the ankles!
A lateral ankle sprain often results in a laxity in the structures supporting the joint. This means that the joint itself becomes “mechanically unstable” compared to before the injury.
A common finding in a previously sprained ankle often detected by chiropractors includes decreased mobility of the ankle. This leads to a loss in the ability to perform the necessary movements of the foot on the ankle when we walk, run, jump. Even several weeks post injury; the sprained ankle often demonstrates a loss of range of motion.
An effective treatment that provides both rehabilitative and preventive properties would be beneficial to the management of lateral ankle sprain. One promising intervention is manual manipulation of the ankle!
Recent research suggests that manual manipulation of the ankle joint was beneficial in the treatment of acute/chronic lateral ankle sprains and can effectively treat functional instability. Patients who have this sort of treatment see an improved ankle range of motion.
Many patients visit with me at WIN Health Solutions for ankle injuries and other concerns related to their ankles. If you are experiencing ankle pain and/or stiffness, and if this is affecting your ability to move or be active, I would be happy to discuss treatment options that are a good fit for you.
Did you notice the photos of Michael Phelps' during the Men's 4x100 freestyle relay swim which won him a gold. It's always riveting watching an Olympic swimming competition, but what's got just as much media buzz is the purple marks along his upper body.
Phelps' large purple dots are the result of a super old Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy known as "Cupping." Many athletes, celebrities, and yes, even many of us regular folks, have taken to Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies like acupuncture and cupping to address concerns and optimize health.
What Is Cupping?
Cupping involves applying a glass or plastic open ended globes to skin at different sites on the body. Classical methods involve heating the glass globes with a small flame to create a vacuum so it sticks to the skin. However, plastic options can be applied which do not require heat but use tiny levers to create suction.
The purpose of the suction is to lift of the soft tissue beneath the area it's on. Cups can be left in place or moved around a site of concern. This increases blood flow, kneads out tension and breaks up scar tissue.
Discolouration is due to the suction breaking superficial capillaries in the skin, however, this is temporary and usually fades within a week's time.
What Does It Feel Like?
You may associate this type of bruising with pain, but when cupping is done correctly *by a trained professional* it's not uncomfortable and can be relaxing. The sensation that people can expect when having cupping done properly is pressure, warmth and some tightness where the cup is placed but there shouldn't be intense discomfort. Think of it like a deep tissue massage.
What Are The Benefits of Cupping?
Can you believe that cupping is a 3,000 year old practice? People find that cupping helps to reduce muscle soreness, increase range of motion, speed healing and improve mobility. Many providers of this therapy have also used it to help with other things such as poor circulation, immune health and anxiety.
Cupping At WIN
Our Registered Massage Therapist, Amanda Cajucom, utilizes cupping. It is another example of how our providers maintain an eclectic approach in their health care so they can better help the patients they are working with.
If you want to try cupping for your sore muscles or to see what all the fuss is about, contact us to arrange a time to meet and discuss this therapy with Amanda at WIN Health Solutions Niagara.
Or... If you want to use acupuncture in your care, visit one of our physiotherapists, chiropractors or our naturopathic doctor as all the WIN providers have extensive experience using acupuncture to help people address their health concerns.
WIN Contributor: Dr. Ernie Bagnulo
Why Do We Use Acupuncture In Our Treatment Model At WIN?
The answer is simple: it works!
Many people wonder... what exactly does acupuncture do?
Acupuncture regulates and optimizes our body and nervous system in a way that we cannot conscientiously make happen.
For instance, if you close your eyes and think really hard about increasing or decreasing the size of your blood vessels, can you do so? Can you make your brain produce chemicals that will help your body control pain?
The answer to these questions is NO! The only way these functions happen is when our body is told to do so by various stimuli and the results occur automatically.
Perhaps an even better example is that of human digestion. When food is eaten and it enters the digestive tract, the body just knows what to do. The gut pulls the nutrition from the food we eat and expels the waste we do not need.
In this case, the acupuncture needles are the food (stimuli) and they cause the body to change in a desirable way (digestion).
When incorporating acupuncture into a musculoskeletal treatment, it allows for the treatment to reach a much higher level, because ultimately, the nervous system is responsible for the state and function of our muscles and our muscles are responsible for how our joints move.
Acupuncture enables the desirable goal of decreasing pain and increasing function.