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
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.
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
We all feel some version of the holiday rush, whether it be the hustle and bustle of the shopping malls, last minute gift buying, late nights, early mornings... and don’t forget about that midnight wrapping you’ve procrastinated about. Lets face it; the holidays can be stressful times!
Good stress is stress that motivates, or provides incentive to get the job done! This is something that you often enjoy, makes us feel happy, motivated, and productive such as regular exercise. Bad stress is what results when we don't tolerate a stressor.
This is when we feel the tension, the pressure is on and we can’t seem to get away from it! It's when this happens that we can feel much more complicated feelings of anxiety due to holiday stress. Here are some strategies to keep stress levels in check this holiday season.
Now it is no secret that exercise is good for us. Physical activity causes a release in our body’s natural feel good hormones, neurotransmitters known as endorphins. Often referred to as the runners high this feeling can be brought on by a number of physical activities.
When we're focused on an exercise regime the day’s irritations are often forgotten while focused in the moment. This helps us be more focused when we switch to a specific task.
Exercise improves our mood as well. Maintaining a regular exercise schedule can help boost self-confidence and lower symptoms of stress and anxiety. Most people feel more relaxed post workout, which can help improve sleep and ease those feelings of stress and anxiety even further (stay tuned for future blogs on sleep).
Although exercise is well known by all to help, it can be tough to get to the gym this time of year. Keep reading for more stress neutralizing options if this is the case...
Now for those who are too busy to get to the gym, meditation might be a very helpful alternative. Meditation can help reduce stress levels by allowing us to take charge of our thoughts, mitigate emotions and allow us to experience the present moment. People who mediate often report having increased levels of concentration, increased self-awareness, and are generally happier.
Recent studies show that regular meditation has beneficial effects of the cardiovascular and immune systems, meaning people are physically healthier as well. Meditation is arguably as good for you as regular exercise, however you’re just using a different set of muscles. Mediation can be done anywhere at any time and requires no equipment…
...but how does one begin a meditation practice? The best answer to this is to find a method that works for you! With today’s technology, beginning a meditation practice is easier then ever! There are plenty of downloadable aps that you can find to help you along your path. Some suggested favourites are the following:
· Stop, think and breath
Each of these apps offer guidance through a series of meditative exercises to help participants achieve the beneficial effects of meditation at their own pace. The best part is they are free! If you want to learn more about the benefits of meditation or where to start check out the following links.
Although meditation and exercise are extremely beneficial they still may not fit into your lifestyle, especially at this time of year. When things are hectic we might not have the ability to stop and meditate quietly for 10 minutes, and if that’s the case we certainly can’t afford the time to get exercise in. However all hope is not lost, as "grounding" is a highly effective technique that can be done on the fly requiring only seconds of time!
Similar to meditation grounding allows us to redirect those overwhelming feelings and center ourselves on the task at hand. Although the concept of grounding is somewhat difficult to grasp, a simple analogy that can be used is a tree. Just as a tree roots itself deeply into the ground during good weather, these roots (grounding techniques) make it difficult for any storm (stress/anxiety) to blow the tree over. For more information on how to use grounding techniques in your day-to-day life check out the following article.
Although the holidays may be a stressful time, we are not without any tools to handle these situations. Hopefully if your feeling some added seasonal pressure these strategies will help you enjoy your holiday to the fullest. On behalf or myself and WIN Health, I wish you a Happy Holidays!
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Matthew Bird, Chiropractor
In a previous post, I discussed the two fundamental approaches to treatment, Duct Tape and WD 40, which people require when dealing with nagging musculoskeletal ailments.
At WIN Health Solutions Niagara, these two approaches for treating commonly observed ailments are easily assessed by one of our manual therapists. These particular complaints refer to structural properties of the body, which I will refer to as the hardware systems of health.
The hardware items include your...
- Joint capsules
These items can be easily understood when discussing where the pain is coming from when there is an injury.
What if there wasn’t a single event that caused pain? What if the pain suddenly appeared for no apparent reason?
These pain syndromes tend to be very frustrating for the patient and generally lead to significant worry regarding how to deal with the pain.
Let’s look at an example.
Let’s say we have a runner who has been running on a “good” training program revolving around duration, intensity, and frequency. The training program has been going well for about two months but, suddenly, the runner has knee pain.
First, we check in with a WIN Niagara Falls Chiropractic Doctor for an evaluation. :)
The runner seems to have all the “hardware” in place with no signs of true weakness or inflammation. Overall, isolated mobility of the ankle, the knee and the hip seem to be good, indicating that the hardware appears to be intact.
So why is the runner in pain?
An assessment of the site shows some deficits in squat mechanics and lunge patterns. However, the runner has no pain during testing.
In this example, the runner’s hardware systems have adapted to a glitch in the software system designed to control their very function.
Sure, individual components work but, as a whole, there is a problem.
The software system I am speaking of is the motor pattern control unit of mobility and there is definitely a “bug” in the system.
Because of this “bug”, the hardware is insufficient at coordinating movement patterns from segment to segment resulting in pain perceived to be strictly a hardware issue.
Thus, the hardware is insufficient to take the loads of training either in duration, intensity, or frequency. This is called maladaptation and has probably been going on for years prior to the injury or before the runner even became a runner.
We are all aware that general pain onset when starting a new program is normal as the hardware adapts, but the question then arises:
Have you properly addressed movement issues before starting your program?
Have you optimally developed a motor planning skill set to allow the hardware system to truly gain strength and endurance?
Your hardware training of tissue development requires software updating to truly define and maintain hardware integrity.
Software development (changing your motor skills) does not require heavy weight training or long endurance bouts of exercise. It requires a commitment to truly understanding how your muscles move your joints in a defined movement sequence. Not in isolation, but in multi-segmental movement patterns ie: multiple body parts at the same time.
A WIN Health Niagara Falls Chiropractic Doctor can help you identify these faulty patterns of movement, help move those “stuck” spots and show you how to stabilize those “loose” spots. It all begins with the housing of the nervous system, your spine, and how well you control its postural demands. It will ultimately come down to how committed you are at recognizing and addressing your own limitations to prevent hardware failures. To create a smoothly functioning system for your musculoskeletal health visit, visit us at WIN Health Solutions Niagara.
Movember is a fun and playful initiative to help raise awareness and charitable funds for the most prominant health issues faced by men, most notably prostate cancer, and also testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. The Movember Foundation has so many projects that are geared toward supporting these health concerns. It started in 2003, in Australia, with 30 people and we are glad to be joining the five million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters as of 2016.
Check back soon as we will be posting more information about this great cause, and we'll be sure to share updates about how the Mo Grow is going for the men of WIN. Check out our Week One pic below! Fresh!
By WIN Contributor: Lora D., WIN Receptionist
Dr. Matthew Bird, or as we affectionately call him, Dr. Matt, completed his undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph. He received his degree of Doctor of Chiropractic after attending the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. His years of exceptional work was recognized when he recently received a Niagara This Week Readers Choice Award.
Dr. Matt has a great enthusiasm and love of his work because it helps people everyday feel better. His treatments incorporate a variety of different techniques such as soft tissue work, chiropractic manipulation and adjustments, Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Shockwave, Trigenics, Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) as well as other various types of hands on therapy.
He continues to better his work by consistently taking continuing education courses to broaden his knowledge base. He also enjoys keeping up with the latest research and news regarding Chiropractic, musculoskeletal health and health in general.
Combining his expertise, therapeutic approach and observation of the latest health news helps him reach his professional goal, which is to help his patients be able to lead pain free, healthy lives.
There are many things that Dr. Matt enjoys in his off hours. He leads a very healthy lifestyle. He is a super volleyball player, (so he says…lol) I’m sure his height has something to do with that!! ;) Dr. Matt also enjoys snowboarding, beach volleyball, pilates, yoga, and weight training.
He's also sure to have fun with his growing family. With his beautiful wife, Erika, and adorable 18 month old son, Carter, they make sure to enjoy quality time together. The WIN Team is excitedly looking forward to their next big moment in the coming Spring as they await the newest addition to their family... a new baby for The Birds!
Dr. Matt is a natural at work-life balance, and we know he will continue to inspire his patients, and the WIN Team, with this as his family grows.
If you are seeking a knowledgable Chiropractor who uses an evidence based, cutting edge chiropractic approach, Dr. Matthew Bird at WIN Health Solutions Niagara will give you great options to address your muscle and/or joint related concerns, in addition to many related health concerns like headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, sciatica and sports injuries.
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a class of disorders, which affect the muscles we use for chewing and the hinge joint in our jaw, the temporomandibular joint. This type of condition is one of the most common causes of pain in the mouth and face and has the potential to produce persisting chronic pain in those who do not seek intervention. TMDs are often associated with other common conditions that people often visit their chiropractor for such as migraine or headache, neck pain, or even fibromyalgia, however few people are aware that similar to any other joint in the body chiropractors can help with jaw pain too!
The National Institutes of health has classified TMD into 3 major categories: myofascial pain, internal derangement or dysfunction and degenerative joint disease. In this case internal derangement includes such things as a dislocated jaw, or a displaced disc within the joint. Degenerative joint disease pertains to the idea of arthritis, or as we like to call them, wrinkles on the joint, simply meaning the result of using a joint often!
When this condition occurs individuals may often feel a clicking/popping when they move their jaw, difficulty or pain with opening or chewing, headache on the side of their head, ringing in their ear, and pain in their jaw which might be felt as discomfort in the muscles they use to move the jaw as well as the neck and shoulders.
Pharmacological interventions with the use of pain killers and muscle relaxants is common for the treatment of this type of condition, however there is substantial evidence that reliance on these types of medications can lead to alarming gastro-intestinal side effects. Many dentists will often prescribe a night splint or bite plate, which have offered patients a conservative method of some relief of these symptoms.
Manual therapy from either a chiropractor or physiotherapist have shown to be clinically effective in giving patients long term pain relief through soft tissue therapy, manipulation of the joint, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and even laser therapy.
EFFECTIVE TMJ TREATMENT AT WIN
An exciting new way to treat TMD conditions is offered at WIN Health Solutions! This includes the use of localized vibration therapy, targeted at the muscles we use to chew! This type of treatment is completely safe and comfortable for patients! New research has even supported that as little as one treatment session with vibration can have a beneficial effect by increasing mouth opening and decreasing pain!
By using a combination of therapeutic interventions, members of our chiropractic and physiotherapy teams are able to offer each patient an individualized treatment option for TMD. This might include TMJ mobilization, soft tissue therapy of painful muscles, specific exercises to stretch, strengthen and stabilize the jaw, acupuncture and much more!
Visit us at WIN Health Solutions and we’ll work with you, and your dentist to take a bite out of jaw pain and TMD.
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nick Slowinski, Chiropractor
The Ontario Chiropractic association has some solid suggestions when picking out a backpack and how to wear it correctly. Here are some of their great tips to help kids and parents start the school year off right!
HEALTHY BACKPACK WEARING
Pack it properly: Make sure the backpack contains only what is needed for the day or the activity. Distribute the weight of the contents evenly. The total weight of the filled pack should be no more than 10 to 15 per cent of the wearer’s body weight.
Wear it right: Both shoulder straps should always be used, and adjusted so that the pack fits snugly to the body without dangling to the side. Never sling a backpack over one shoulder. You should be able to slide a hand between the backpack and the carrier’s back.
More than 50 per cent of young people experience at least one episode of low back pain by their teenage years. Research indicates one cause is improper use of backpacks.
PACK IT LIGHT & WEAR IT RIGHT!
Whether they’re primary students, teens or university students, preventing back strain, discomfort or poor posture from an improperly fitting backpack is essential for their wellbeing.
Helping your child with their backpack etiquette may seem like a small piece of their health picture, but it does have influences on their physical health. If your child enjoys sports or complains of back pain remember to consider the effect of their backpack. After all, students are wearing their backpack daily. The physical influence of a backpack overtime can be significant.
If you want to ensure your child feels their best through the school year, and preforms their best during extracurricular activities, no matter what they may be, arrange a visit with me at WIN Health Solutions. My goal is to help students reach their fullest potential through building good foundations in their health.
By WIN contributor: Nancy H, Reception Team Member
There is so much that has changed about chiropractic treatment. Are you up to speed? Get a fresh view about chiropractic care from our newest team member, Dr. Nicholas Slowinski. Dr. Nick is a licensed chiropractor, is accepting new patients and is available to also assist our existing patients.
Why did you decide to become a chiropractor?
I decided to become a chiropractor at a young age. Growing up, I was very involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and saw a chiropractor often. My time with the chiropractor was an integral part of my training and allowed me to recover from injury and remain injury free while participating in several different sports.
I felt the value that regular chiropractic care had on a person’s overall health and well-being. I also realized the health care system was under significant strain and pharmaceutical interventions as a front line treatment for muscle and joint conditions was not a solution. I decided chiropractic was what I wanted to do and a degree in Kinesiology would best prepare me for this path. I wanted to genuinely help people achieve a state of optimal health and wellness and needed to learn more about human function.
Since you are recent graduate, can refresh us regarding required schooling for a chiropractor?
A chiropractic degree program is a post graduate, professional degree program that requires approximately 3.5-4 years to complete depending on the institution one decides to attend. An individual who enters such a program has already obtained a University degree in a related field such as health sciences or kinesiology for example. A basic understanding of anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and musculoskeletal injury is developed through university courses. Once accepted into a chiropractic degree program, students build upon this basic understanding and learn the intricate details of how these subjects pertain to the development and manifestation of musculoskeletal pain and injury. Simultaneously, students learn to develop their ability to diagnose such conditions, as well as the therapeutic touch necessary to best treat patients who may present in this manner.
In your opinion, why should a person see a chiropractor at WIN Health Solutions?
I would suggest seeing a chiropractor at WIN Health Solutions to anyone who is looking for help in the treatment of muscle and joint pain as well as improve their overall health. As a society, we are all living longer, people are becoming more health conscience, and we are only just beginning to understand the extraordinary value staying active and mobile can have on our mental and physical well-being. The chiropractors working at WIN Health Solutions are highly trained individuals who work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans based off the most up to date research to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic care is completely safe for the majority of individuals. It is our job as the health care practitioner to guarantee any intervention provided is in the best interest of each and every individual patient. Chiropractic is a safe and effective form of health care, especially as it pertains to musculoskeletal concerns, but as with any form of health care, there are always risks and these are always discussed prior to any treatment.
What advice would you have for people who are afraid of seeing a chiropractor?
My best advice for anyone who is either afraid or hesitant to see a chiropractor is to speak with one of us. Patient education is something we pride ourselves on, and is something that has not been emphasized enough in health care today. We can clear up any chiropractic myths and there is certainly no risk in a conversation! With regard to therapy, I can only emphasize we are all highly trained professionals who have undergone rigorous training to be both proficient and efficient in what we do. Chiropractic therapy today is much different than it was years ago and as evidence based practitioners, we have much more to offer patients than just an adjustment.
What do you think are the most important qualities in a good chiropractor?
There is no short answer to this question, however, it is without a doubt that the phenomenal chiropractors who are my mentors all have the following qualities which I have tried to embody in my own practice:
- They always place the needs and interests of their patients above their own
- They are personable, well-mannered and caring
- They all have a thirst for knowledge and are continually working on their craft
- They work hard at remaining current with the most up to date research in our field in order to best serve their patients
- They are ambassadors for mental and physical health and wellbeing
Why did you want to work at WIN Health Solutions?
I wanted to be a part of the team at WIN Health Solutions for a number of reasons; the clinic is an excellent space filled with a vibrant, positive energy that begins the healing process for patients the second they walk in the door. Most importantly I am able to join the team of chiropractors who are challenging the status quo of chiropractic in the Niagara region. Unlike the traditional chiropractic model, treatment at WIN Health Solutions encompasses an evidence based approach, where patients are treated from a neuro-functional model with a variety of techniques and tools. The chiropractors at WIN develop treatment plans that work for the patient rooted in the most current research and have helped eliminate much of the stigma that may exist with this sort of treatment. Something which cannot be overemphasized is the fact I am able to refer patients to one of our many skilled professionals, whether it is physiotherapy, massage, and even naturopathic medicine. WIN Health Solutions has a phenomenal in-house network of practitioners to ensure patients receive the proper attention they need and I am excited to be a part of the team.
What are some of your favourite interests?
Most of my favourite interests revolve around fitness, health and self-development. I mostly enjoy weight lifting but more recently have focused my training around mobility, stability and conditioning through martial arts and yoga. I’m fascinated by the idea of total body optimization and a lot of my personal interest reading has been focused on this in the last year or so.
I’ve also been more recently interested in the idea of neuroplasticity and how the nervous system can be retrained or tuned! It’s a fascinating subject!
I’m a huge sports fan, mostly football, hockey, and baseball and love to catch a game even if it is just on the television with friends. I have always enjoyed live music and try to make it to as many concerts as I can from a variety of genres. I consider myself an outdoors enthusiast and love to be outside at all times of the year hiking, fishing, and camping just to name a few. I also enjoy wine and craft beers and am glad to have moved back to Niagara where this industry has thrived for many years.
Thanks so much, Dr. Nick for enlightening us today with your very informative interview. Appointments can be made for anyone who would like to see Dr. Nick by calling WIN Health Solutions.
Dr. Nick (as we affectionately now call him) grew up in St. Catharine's and attended university right here at Brock, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Honours. He went on to study chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and graduated Cum Laude with Clinic Honours. To enhance his clinical skills, he completed the contemporary medical acupuncture course through McMaster University and also became certified in Active Release Technique (ART).
Dr. Nick fits right in with our team of super smart docs and we are learning about his really neat interests in addition to seeing him in action as a doctor. The WIN Team will be sure to find out about Dr. Nick's secret ninja skills soon enough. He has been practicing martial arts since he was three years old! He is a big Toronto Maple Leafs fan and also enjoys all kinds of music, from country to blues and jazz to heavy metal. And we can’t help but wonder… who's his favourite character in Stand By Me, his favourite movie. I mean, who doesn’t love Stand By Me?
With his extensive education, dedication to helping people and enthusiasm in his work as a doctor of chiropractic, we know Dr. Nick is going to offer exceptional health care at WIN. And we think it's great that Dr. Nick maintains a good balance of professionalism and fun through his diverse interests, love of adventure and warm personality. Welcome, Dr. Nick! We’re so happy to welcome you to the team.
Stop in to meet Dr. Nick, or arrange a time to discuss your health concern and treatment options. Call us at 905-354-0267 to get working on your health with Dr. Nicholas Slowinski.
I am excited to be part of a new service coming to WIN Health Solutions Niagara Falls! Patients will be able to obtain extra guidance and support by a Registered Kinesiologist on each visit. In case I have not had the opportunity to meet you, my name is Karen Evers and I am a Registered Kinesiologist.
I have been working the last two years with the Niagara Falls Physiotherapy team at WIN Health Solutions as a Physiotherapy Assistant. I am also a Registered Kinesiologist. To be a Kinesiologist in Ontario, I had to earn a University degree, and then complete and pass the Provincial Exam to work as a Kinesiologist in the province.
You may be wondering what Kinesiology can offer a patient in the clinical setting. We are human movement professionals. We assess patients to rehabilitate and/or enhance human performance. My goal at WIN Health Solutions is to work with our team of professionals to provide care to those who suffer from musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, individuals injured at work or people who have had motor vehicle accidents.
WIN Health Solutions is unique because it offers a wide range of health care services to the community under one roof. This is of great benefit for patients because with a team approach the WIN Health Solutions Practitioners can collaborate to ensure you get the best and most comprehensive care possible.
My vision as a Kinesiologist at WIN is to provide patients with injuries or conditions extra health strategies and support to round out what they will receive from the clinician they are working with at WIN. I will also offer guidance with regard to specific exercises that will help relieve pain, increase range of motion and gain back strength so they can take control of their own health.
My approach is always individualized and will complement the treatment your Chiropractor or Physiotherapist has given you. Another added benefit is that some insurance companies offer coverage for Kinesiologist visits.
I look forward to working with the WIN Practitioners to help our patients achieve their optimal health goals!
By WIN Contributor: Nancy V, Reception Team Member
Just as we cheer on and encourage our patients to reach their highest potential and go for their own personal gold, the WIN team raced for gold to support Project Share. Under the Friday night lights, the WIN team set out to show off our driving skills at the go kart track.
With twelve teams, and four racers per team, the challenge was on to show how well WIN Health Solutions could steer around the competition.
Our Physiotherapy team member, Karen raced first, giving the rest of the WIN team an insight on how the track felt and widening the first corner quite nicely for the other drivers. We were off to a good start!
Then it was Dr. Matt's turn to show us all how go karts are meant to be driven, coming in first in his heat. Dr. Matt's a natural when it comes to excelling in sports, even racing! Dr Matt was on to the semi finals.
As luck would have it, our WIN Physiotherapist, Tania Mannella decided to show off her driving skills and was first in her heat for a lap or two, but was then bumped into the guard rail. She recovered, just like her patients at WIN Health Solutions do, and proudly finished the race.
Finally the Pit Boss, Dr Ernie was up. Just like at work, he was determined to give it his all. Passing cars and ending up second in his heat Dr Ernie was also off to the semi finals.
With only a few competitors left to race against, the WIN team put their heads together.
Smiling and laughing while we pooled our knowledge and shared some tricks and insights to figure out a strategy to pull off the victory.
Dr Ernie, putting the petal to the metal, raced in the semi but got bumped out while Dr Matt bumped and drifted his way into the finals.
As the final race began Dr Matt was determined to come out on top. Unfortunately, we were not destined to be champions this night, but it was a wonderfully fun night of team cheering and racing as the WINcredibles in support of Project Share.
Congratulations to the Project Share Grand Prix champions! Coming in at 3rd place was Big Wheels, 2nd place Past & Present, and 1st place Chippawa Presbyterian Church!
And now the track is set for next year ...
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Ernie Bagnulo, Chiropractor
Here at WIN Health Solutions Niagara, we utilize Laser Therapy as method of helping pain and inflammation. This is not just ANY Laser Therapy device, we use a Class IV Laser machine made by LiteCure. This is the most powerful and advanced Laser Therapy machine on the market and is Health Canada approved to effectively treat pain as an alternative to drugs and surgery, in certain cases.
At WIN Health Solutions Niagara, our chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopathic doctor and massage therapists have used Laser therapy consistently in our treatment plans for the last 9 years. Laser therapy treatments last between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the condition being treated.
The BEST part about Class IV Laser Therapy is that it works and it feels great. You will feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is administered. It must be administered directly to the skin via a contact or non-contact hand piece, as Laser Therapy cannot penetrate clothing.
The most common question we receive at WIN Health Solutions Niagara is, “How does Laser Therapy work?” This is not an easy question to answer without getting into the scientific theory of Laser therapy, but it simply helps to stimulate cellular metabolism by converting the light energy (Laser) to biochemical energy (cell metabolism).
Patients generally see results after 3 to 5 treatments. The usual dosage frequency is three times per week for three weeks, but this is highly variable depending on many factors.
Please call WIN Health Solutions Niagara for pricing and stay tuned for an upcoming promo regarding this safe and cutting edge treatment.
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Ernie Bagnulo, Chiropractor
Winter is (finally) coming!!! As is the cold and the snow. It has always seemed perplexing to me that this is time of year we choose to make resolutions for the year.
This is not the most ideal time of year for weather, given the colder temperatures, the rain and the snow as compared to the weather patterns of May to September. This can make starting, or sticking to, fitness goals very difficult.
Patients often ask me what do I do to stay healthy in the new year?
For myself, nutrition is primary. The winter months, grey skies and dreary weather makes easy to seek out comfort food. I work on consistently having breakfast, and packing healthy snacks, especially during the workweek. This supports good nutrition for the majority of the week.
I also try to incorporate activities (I didn’t say exercise), which embrace the winter weather. For instance, getting out to play hockey with friends, taking a walk or run in the snow, shoveling my driveway, skiing, pulling my children on a sled or tobogganing. I try to make the activities fun and involve the people I want to spend time with. When I enjoy what I am doing, I never want to stop and when I am finished, I am planning or looking forward to the time I can enjoy that activity again.
This time of year is definitely the most challenging to remain devoted to our healthy resolutions but it certainly can be made easier if we plan ahead, involve others and make sure we’re having fun with it.
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Matthew Bird, WIN Chiropractor
Every day, I am amazed at the amount of movement variability I see at the clinic, at athletic events, and in the busy streets of our community. Variability is a common and natural feature of human movement and, when optimized within the human body, it will define a healthy state of wellbeing, growth, and development in the individual targeting function.
Variability of movement allows us to accomplish tasks/goals through a variety of motor skills/commands. This will allow us to master movements of life with precision and grace.
Ever notice that your footprints in the snow or sand are never exactly alike even though walking is performed without thought? This is the variability to which I am referring. It defines our natural subset of motor commands that are integrated within a given environment.
By having a rich repertoire of optimal movement strategies to accomplish our tasks/goals, we can easily ward off the potential for injury. Such a repertoire will also promote the recovery of an injury by aiding in the prevention of poor coping strategies that may become hard wired in our subset of motor commands.
Movement variability is based on the motor development of the individual as it relates to their behavioural rigidity and inability to adapt to a given stress. Niagara Falls Chiropractic Services at WIN Health Solutions can help you identify acquired movement variability deficits that are commonly associated with your specific musculoskeletal ailment(s). Whether it is from an overly rigid system or an overly flexible system, Niagara Chiropractors can help you!
In life, there are two basic things that we need when dealing with poor adaptability:
1) Duct Tape (Stability): To limit motion
2) WD40 (Mobility): To improve motion
Through movement pattern therapy and neurologic physical therapy, Niagara Chiropractors at WIN can help foster the development of optimal movement variability by adding a vast repertoire of behavioural strategies.
Book your movement optimization therapy session with a Chiropractor at WIN and address those areas that need either duct tape (Stability) or WD40 (Mobility) before an injury occurs.
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Ernie Bagnulo
What do Rotator Cuff tendon injuries, Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis Elbow, Jumpers Knee and all have in common?
All can be treated effectively with Extracorporeal Radial Shockwave Therapy, simply known as Shockwave Therapy, through WIN Chiropractor services Niagara.
The soft tissue in these affected areas are all under high stress and start to perform incorrectly and scar. Traditionally, and currently, these ailments are treated with manual therapy, exercise, acupuncture and physiotherapy modalities. These are all effective methods of treatment, however, they take time and require frequent visits to the therapist. An alternative is here to speed healing and save your time.
Shockwave Therapy is a form of therapy that delivers pneumatic shocks to the area in need of relief. The high frequency and deep pressure of each impulse, creates a “micro-trauma” of sorts, and increases the amount of blood flow to the injured area. This in turn brings oxygen and limits the ability of scar tissue to form.
Shockwave therapy is performed in intervals of 1x per week for three weeks, (three total treatments) and can be used safely in conjunction with all other forms of treatment. Also, Shockwave Therapy has no known side effects and is 100% safe. Patients often feel better in the short term, but are always cautioned that the total benefits are not felt for 3-6 weeks post treatment.
At WIN Health Solutions, we use the Storz Duolith Ultra, the world leaders in Shockwave Therapy research. We also couple Shockwave Therapy with Soft Tissue Ultrasound to be more precise and objective in our outcomes.
Shockwave Therapy, is a tissue regenerator, it is not a short term “fix.” It heals the tissue and is most effective when coupled with other active rehabilitation therapies.
To visit a Niagara Falls Chiropractic clinic that offers Shockwave Therapy, and to work with our award winning Niagara Chiropractors who can offer comprehensive treatment for your concerns, contact us at WIN Health Solutions to schedule your appointment.