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By WIN Contributor: Karen Evers, BKin, Reg. Kin, OTA, PTA
Move Better, Feel Better at WIN Health Solutions
As the WIN Health Solutions Kinesiologist, one of my major roles is prescribing exercises for rehabilitation of injuries or conditions. The specific exercises I provide to clients complement the manual techniques and modalities used in physiotherapy treatments.
These exercises prescribed are therapeutic exercises designed specifically for each individual client. The goals of a therapeutic exercise program is to correct impairment, improve musculoskeletal function or to maintain or improve a clients well – being. The exercises may be highly selective for specific muscles or general activities to improve physical condition.
Therapeutic exercise can be designed too:
· Enable or improve ambulation
· Release contracted muscles, tendons and fascia
· Mobilize joints
· Pain relief
· Improve circulation
· Improve respiratory capacity
· Improve coordination
· Improve balance
· Promote relaxation
· Improve muscle strength
· Improve performance and endurance
The majority of our physiotherapy patients at WIN health Solutions are given a home exercise program (HEP), it is my belief that the program is a huge component to successful visits and the reason better outcomes are achieved.
Our goal is for every patient to be as independent as possible. With the HEP the client is responsible for carrying out the program at home, as exercises should be completed almost every day this allows them to be actively apart of their rehabilitation journey.
At WIN we utilize an exercise program called Physiotec to customize each individual program, which provides detailed instructions and pictures of the exercises we have chosen for you and as an added bonus of convenience we can email right to you!
As a physical activity enthusiast I love that I get to prescribe exercises everyday and enjoy seeing our clients improve and progress throughout their treatments.
As an added service at WIN Health Solutions I am offering one on one Kinesiology visits that involve tailored exercises to help you reach your physical health goals whether it be to overcome an injury or illness, prevent an injury or to be put on a maintenance program to progress your exercises.
If you want to exercise and wonder what exercise would be best for you, or would help you get strong and avoid injury, it would be my pleasure to work with you and develop a plan. Give the clinic a call at 905-354-0267 for more information.
By WIN Contributor: Shauna Pierrynowski, PTA, RNCP
As Dr. Nick wrote in his last blog post that most people give up on their healthy new year resolutions within the first fifteen days of making them… Being that it’s January 17th…I’m here to check in to see how your doing with sticking to your goals. Are you making them Stick or have they taken a Slide?
If you are starting to feel that Sticking to your big health goals is starting to Slide… I propose this…
How about setting tiny monthly goals so you can achieve them?
As I sit here to write this blog post for WIN Health Solutions I myself find that I also get stuck thinking about healthy changes. My mind wonders on the endless possibility of what I can change positively in my personal and professional life.
Should it be a goal about health (physical, mental, the whole package)? What about finances? Maybe I should give back to the community? Or maybe just take care of my wellbeing?
Whatever the resolution or goals are, here are some helpful tips on how to keep it small, keep it smart and actually achieve these goals.
SMART Goal Setting 101
S – SPECIFIC these goals address the what, why and how.
M – MEASURABLE this is the part where your goal is concrete and observable.
A – ATTAINABLE this is made up of small goals or changes that are under your control – example you want to lose 20lbs let’s start with eating less CRAP (Carbs, Refined sugar, Artificial, Processed foods) and eat more FOOD (fruits/veggies, organic lean protein, omega 3s, drink water)
R – REWARDING don’t go and set a goal that will make you angry, try small steps like instead of eating chips every night while watching t.v switch it to 5 nights of popcorn rather than the chips and keep going from there replacing the last item with something healthier.
T – TIME BOUND putting an end date or point on a goal will give you’re a clear and concrete target to achieve.
I hope you find these simple goal setting ideas helpful in whatever it is that you choose to change in your life. If you need more guidance, a specific plan and individualized support, visit with one of our team members at WIN Health Solutions Niagara and they can help you Stick to your health goals so that this year brings you more health and happiness!
Free Webinar by Tania Mannella, Doctor of Physiotherapy
The Health Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a world full of unknowns to most people. It's a world full of muscles, nerves, ligaments, connective tissue and blood supply that people don't even realize they have!
The pelvic floor is one of the most important sets of muscle systems in the body. This system quietly does significant work each day that allows us to preform functional movements that we often take for granted like urinating, bowel movements and sex!
As one of the few physiotherapists in Ontario, and the only one in Niagara Falls, who has received a specialization in this area through extensive study and certification, I understand these muscle systems, their importance and the possible dysfunction associated with them.
So why? Why would I want to learn about people's pelvic floor pain, incontinence, sexual dysfunction? Because I know so many people feel uneasy about discussing these health concerns, which can have a major impact on quality of life. I welcome the opportunity to improve their lives and offer effective health solutions that they didn't know they had.
Many people don't feel comfortable discussing their pelvic health issues. I offer secure and comfortable support, a listening ear, understanding and empathy to help others attain their health goals. I work with my patients so they may feel empowered to overcome the embarrassment associated with pain in this area of the body.
For this reason I put together this webinar so you can learn what to expect with pelvic floor physical therapy. I welcome you to have a listen, find out more about the benefit of pelvic floor physical therapy assessment and treatment, and be informed so you can take the necessary steps to find your truest expression of health.
Special Pelvic Floor Initiative...If you are Pregnant, Postpartum or Planning a Family get a head start on optimizing your health...
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
With the start of 2017 you may look back and wonder what you could have improved on last year? Maybe you want to try something new, or even improve on something that you’ve been doing for a while. In any case, resolutions made for a new year can be a tricky thing. Its been said that most people give up on there resolution within 15 days of January first! That is hardly enough time to make any new practice a habit…this particularly becomes troublesome when someone’s new year resolution involves a positive health change such as eating better, quitting smoking or exercising. It can be very challenging and often frustrating at times when people decide to challenge themselves and feel as though they may fall short of their goals.
If this sounds familiar to you, rest assured your not alone! First of all, remind yourself that just as health care is a continuous cycle of ups and downs, so is personal growth! Change is hard, and it takes courage to take on a challenge and step outside of your comfort zone. However stepping outside of ones comfort zone is an important thing for everyone and this is where personal growth occurs. So it is time to change the lens we see our goals through. Although we may all benefit from stepping outside our comfort zones, taking on new challenges and achieving our goals, where we should really measure our success is in the process leading up these goals.
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For example, a while ago I decided to challenge myself and run my first charity 5km race. Now, I should preface this by stating that there are numerous health benefits associated with recreational running, and competitive distance runners are phenomenal athletic specimens without a doubt! I just could never truly appreciate recreational running, after all no one was chasing me so why would I ever want to run 5km, 10km, 20km etc when I could just go lift weights. Running was ok when it was a part of other sports, but by itself, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. This all changed for me last January when I finally registered for the race.
I needed to develop a way to stay focused on training for the race, and I didn’t have many resources to help me train for the race, such as the excellent running clinic offered by WIN Health Solutions Niagara…which I probably should have attended. Training for the race was a struggle! Finally through conversation a colleague reminded me that my goal should not be to focus on the race, but on improvement each day/week leading up to the race.
Lasting Change: Focus on the improvements made each day or week rather than the end goal
With this mentality I began to enjoy the activity much more then before. It even reached the point where I looked forward to running as part of my regular routine, something I never thought would happen in a million years! On race day not only was I prepared for the run, but also excited to take on the challenge rather then dreading what was to come.
The point here is it wasn’t the goal that helped me improve myself, but the process of stepping outside my comfort zone and changing my focus that allowed me to have personal growth. It is this thinking that helped me achieve one of my goals for the previous year.
So I challenge all of you to change the way you think, step outside of your comfort zone, enjoy the process and grow in regards to what ever your new years resolution might be. As always, if you need any guidance on the steps to take to make change, or help along the way don’t hesitate to visit the excellent providers at WIN Health Solutions Niagara. Together we can keep you moving in the right direction! On behalf of the WIN Health Team, we wish you all a very safe and happy new year!
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: Nancy H, Reception Team Member
On the First Day Of Christmas, my Chiro gave to me, shockwave therapy.
On the Second Day Of Christmas, my ND gave to me, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Third Day Of Christmas, Physio gave to me, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Fourth Day Of Christmas, Massage gave to me, four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my ND gave to me, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Sixth Day Of Christmas, my Chiro gave to me, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy. (Whew!!!)
On the Seventh Day Of Christmas, my Trainer gave to me, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Eighth Day Of Christmas, Physio gave to me, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Ninth Day Of Christmas, Massage gave to me, nine hot stones (cause I need them now!!), eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Tenth Day Of Christmas, my Chiro gave to me ten acupuncture needles, nine hot stones, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Eleventh Day Of Christmas, my Trainer gave to me, eleven burpees jumping, ten acupuncture needles, nine hot stones, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy. (Am I done yet??)
On the Twelfth Day Of Christmas, my ND gave to me twelve Relaxation Strategies!! ('cause now I really need it!!), eleven burpees jumping, ten acupuncture needles, nine hot stones, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES!!! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters AN-ND SHO-OCKWAVE THERAPYYYY!!
(Disclaimer: No patients were harmed in any way in the creation of this song!! LOL ;)
We, at WIN Health Solutions Niagara, would like you to know all of these services and many more are offered at our one stop, full service alternative healthcare clinic Niagara Falls.
Thank you to all of our clients for your valued patronage in the past, present and future! To all of you, your families and prospective patients, we would like to extend our warmest wishes for a very happy holiday season and a healthy New Year!!
By WIN Contributor: Scott Paul, BSM, MSc (Candidate), Personal Trainer
I titled this “Anatomy of a Workout”, but it should be titled “Anatomy of YOUR Workout”. I get asked certain questions about my approach quite a bit…even as early as just last week. The question is: how do you think of all the exercises and do you have a plan or program to follow?
First, every client is different, has different needs and is capable of different things. I can’t follow the same approach for a 65 year old person suffering chronic shoulder pain as I do for a 19 year old hockey player looking for foot speed and core strength. And second, there are many things that contribute to what you can do (or can’t do) that day. That is why, yes, I do have certain guidelines that I follow, but no, I don’t’ have specific exercises to do that day. My work with each client is truly individualized.
The Bones Of A Workout
Here is the usual order I go by, whether it is a stability day, a strength/endurance day or a power day. Sets and reps can change and the exercises can be interchanged. This is the general guideline:
- Warm-up (general/dynamic)
- Core (anterior, posterior, transverse)
- Lower body
- Upper body
The Arms, Legs & Heart Of The Workout
My clients at WIN often see me bring out the agility ladder to start. It’s one of my favourite exercises to bring into a workout. It gets their co-ordination going and their heart rate up. Then, we shift to dynamic stretching. Walking lunges, twisting lunges, side lunges, Frankenstein walks, etc. These are great exercises to prepare the body for what’s in store.
The Core Of The Workout
Next, we move onto the core. I find this, sometimes, to be an extension of the warm-up. I try to hit the three main areas: the anterior (front), the posterior (back) and the transverse (rotational). Some clients need more attention and focus toward one area more than others, but in general, hitting all three planes is a great way to improve core strength.
The Muscle of the Workout
And lastly I hit them with the upper and lower body exercises. This is where they can see push-ups, squats, rows or any variation of them…plus a multitude of other exercises. I often like to work unilateral (one side at a time) to alleviate single side dominance, but that is another topic of discussion.
Workout Anatomy Leads To Fun Always
See, there is a method to my madness. Exercises change, intensity can change, weight can change and the rest period can also change. This provides a dynamic and effective whole body approach to fitness. No matter what your fitness background, when I use this format, and draw from my exercise knowledge base, I provide guidance that is effective and increases the fun factor.
By WIN Contributor: Jennifer Lepere, PT, DPT - Doctor of Physiotherapy
Many people say to me, my doctor told me I have vertigo, but I don’t know what it means. I am here to help navigate the technical terms that surround our dizzy patients.
Dizziness and Vertigo are not interchangeable words. They describe different symptoms, and they have different causes.
Vertigo Vs. Dizziness
VERTIGO is a very specific symptom where you feel like the room is spinning. True DIZZINESS is a general feeling of light-headedness, wooziness or nearly fainting. Whereas disequilibrium is a feeling off loss of balance, motion sickness or feeling like you are leaning to one side.
Many people in their life time will experience some kind of dizziness. Dizziness isn’t a disease but rather a very common symptom of numerous conditions, with some more serious than others. Some examples are sudden drop in blood pressure (like if you were to stand up too quickly), a side effect of a medication, low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, headaches, excessive exercises, dehydration or alcohol.
Vertigo is caused by an inner ear problem. The inner ear is the centre for balance and coordination. And when we have a problem here we have a problem with our ability to stay upright. The technical term for the most common condition is Begin Paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which simply means the room spinning dizziness occurs when you put her head in a certain position, such when you lay down or turn onto your side while laying down.
What can be done if you experience dizziness or vertigo?
First step is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and rule out the more serious conditions. Next step is to come into WIN HEALTH SOLUTIONS and see me, Jennifer Lepere PT, DPT. I am one of the few Niagara Falls physiotherapists who have experience in treating people with dizziness and vertigo through Vestibular Rehab. Together we can discuss your symptoms and develop an individualized plan. To learn more please visit our web site at www.winhealth.ca. I look forward to visiting with you and offering you effective treatment options for your vestibular health concern.
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.