Chiropractic Services at Aches Away Toronto
*** Our Chiropractor is on long term leave at the moment. We apologize for the inconvenience. While we make alternate arrangments, please consider trying an Osteopathic Treatment for your complaints instead.
If you are searching for a way to improve your physical functioning or treat common problems such as lower back pain, neck strain, or headache, then a chiropractic adjustment may be the right solution. We know the popular nickname for chiropractors, “back crackers,” may not inspire immediate visions of relief, but that is what our resident “back cracker” can bring you. Wear and tear associated with misalignment of the spine can cause damaging and long-term effects throughout the body. For this reason, you owe it to yourself to ensure proper spinal health.
Misalignments cause one of the most common health problems troubling Canadians–back pain. With even one vertebrae out of alignment, the resulting inflammation it causes may require other muscles to become fatigued when compensating for the spinal misalignment. When misaligned, vertebrae of the spine can cause a host of problems that are avoidable with proper spinal alignment techniques. Since the spine’s job is to protect the central nervous system, it is a vital part of protecting our overall health and one you owe it to yourself to maintain.
Our chiropractor, Dr. Tracy, has extensive training and is certified to provide you with a treatment process tailored to your health needs and is able to discuss a variety of treatment options available apart from chiropractic services with other members of our team. With a commitment to excellence, Dr. Tracy constantly evolves with the most cutting edge research to enhance her understanding of the human body. Enjoy quality care enriched by an understanding of science guided by the most up-to-date research impacting the body!
Understanding that excellence in patient care lives in the details, at Aches Away Toronto, we devote time and attention to our valued patients to make sure we hear you and understand your unique needs. By scheduling the appropriate amount of time necessary to provide a detailed examination, we place your wellness at the center of our practice. During your visit we treat you as a whole human being–mind, body, and spirit. We nurture trust through open communication and with an understanding that the manifestation of pain and disease arises from multiple dimensions.
At Aches Away Toronto, our team of providers believes in a holistic approach to nurturing physical health. We partner with you to investigate the possible contributors to the injury, ailments, or disease in your body and unlock methods for working past these health concerns. Our clinic offers both traditional and advanced chiropractic techniques to address areas of concern. Utilizing a comprehensive assessment through a systems approach, we examine all systems of the body, from muscular to nerve, soft tissue and psycho-emotional to uncover the multi-dimensional nature of your underlying injury. Together, we can create a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation protocol which will allow for long-term successful healing and healthful rejuvenation. This rehabilitative process is grounded in the most recent research in neuroanatomy and neuroscience.
View our chiropractic techniques below to choose the best treatment option available. Aches Away Toronto is a health clinic with massage therapy, osteopathic therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy and posture improvement. We invite you to see how our interdisciplinary approach to medicine can modify your lifestyle and bring you well being–mind, body and soul!
Chiropractic Techniques we use to eradicate pain
Get in line. Bring relief to your back with a chiropractic manipulation that will correct the vertebrae function and improve movement patterns. This is a form of manual therapy (where a physician’s hands are used) to realign the structures of your spine. Our chiropractor will evaluate you for subluxation, or misaligned vertebrae, to identify dysfunction.
Tools of the trade. Spinal manipulation does not have one method and advancements in the practice go beyond use of the chiropractor’s hands. The activator method allows your provider to use a device to aid in adjustments.
ART: Active Release Massage
Stop muscles from playing the freeze game. Restore soft tissue health through this hands-on approach to your therapy session. Experience improved range of motion and decrease pain brought on by tension.
Medical Acupuncture/ Neurofunctional Acupuncture
Connecting the dots. This innovative approach brings together classical acupuncture therapy and contemporary medicine to restore the nervous system’s functioning.
A biomechanical advantage. Let a study of your body’s movement patterns, diagnose your muscular imbalances to correct weakness that impact you internally.
Input equals output. Let us guide your nutritional choices so you can begin to experience the benefits of a thoughtful approach to your nutrition.
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)
Walk the walk. Have you noticed something different with the way you walk? We can examine you to provide rehabilitation services that will Restore function and motor control to have you walking confidently again.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
See how you move. We assess your fundamental movement patterns to identify what impairs you. We can problem solve by identifying the link between one seemingly unassociated pain to another part of the body as the cause.
Integrated Kinetic Neurology (IKN)
Guided by the brain. This chiropractic treatment option incorporates neuroscience to harness the nervous system. Elevate your daily performance and eliminate pain.
Webster Technique (Chiropractic Technique for Pregnant Patients)
Baby on board. Protect your health and your growing baby’s well being by maintaining your chiropractic care with our Webster certified chiropractic provider.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care
What is chiropractic care?
With ancient Greek origins, the word ‘chiropractic’ means “done by hand.” Adjustments to the joints of the body is a health care practice used for many centuries and remains at the heart of modern chiropractic care.
Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the spine’s vertebrae and other joints. Adjustment relieves pain by restoring normal functioning to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body so you can enjoy everyday activities again as quickly as possible. Chiropractors receive specialized training to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counselling, and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.
When should I see a chiropractor?
Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in life, and at least one third of people in Ontario will experience back pain at any given time. For many, the pain can prevent them from attending work and school or enjoying their regular day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life, then you owe it to yourself to consult a healthcare specialist trained to combat ailments that trouble you.
Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent conditions and disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous systems. These restrictive disorders may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, and referring pain in your arms and legs.
Many patients, including seniors, find that treatment helps them maintain mobility and increase proper range of motion. Pain should never become a way of life, especially when qualified help is available locally in Toronto.
There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care: work related injuries, car accidents, sports injuries, repetitive household chore strain. The stress of daily living can also cause unexpected painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can ensure that you maintain healthy spine and joint function.
What is an adjustment anyway?
An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustments free up the joint to restore proper movement and optimize joint function. Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Rare complications and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor and quickly subside. Your chiropractor will determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.
How safe are chiropractic adjustments?
Non-invasive chiropractic interventions are universally accepted as some of the safest drug-free therapies available for the treatment of headache, as well as neck and back pain. While no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects, it touts an excellent safety record. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a slight risk. Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, some may experience temporary pain, stiffness or mild swelling. Radiating pain, local numbness, or temporary dizziness are adverse reactions you can address with your provide, but if these side effects arise after a spinal adjustment, rest assured they are most often minor and short-lived.
Almost half of us experience some kind of neck pain at least once a year. Persistent or recurrent neck pain is reported by an estimated 50–85% of patients one to five years after initial onset. Twenty-seven percent of patients seeking chiropractic treatment report neck or cervical problems. For this reason, treatment of neck pain is an integral part of chiropractic practice. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines exist for chiropractic treatment of neck pain. For both chronic and acute back pain, the guidelines recommend manual therapies, mobilization, and patient exercises and stretches.
Evidence also demonstrates that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulative therapy, can be an effective treatment for cervicogenic and tension-type headaches. Interestingly, studies demonstrate that consistent care offered by chiropractors has the power to decrease the intensity and frequency of migraines. As a patient with a continuing management plan individualized to your specific needs, you can hope to achieve significantly reduced symptoms.
Chiropractic has been proven safe and effective for a range of conditions including neck pain. Patients and their chiropractors work together to determine which treatment options appropriately balance risks with potential benefits. Chiropractors work to limit their patients’ risk by performing thorough histories and examinations and frequently re-evaluating symptoms and progress.
What is the educational background of a chiropractor?
Chiropractors undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts.Chiropractic has been proven safe and effective for a range of conditions including neck pain. Patients and their chiropractors work together to determine what treatment options appropriately balance risks with potential benefits. Chiropractors work to limit their patients’ risk by performing thorough histories and examinations and frequently re-evaluating symptoms and progress.
A chiropractor’s professional training requires at least a yearlong clinical program focusing on practical patient care. With an educational background culminating in 4,200 hours of time studying in the classroom as well as practicing in both the laboratory and through clinical experience, a chiropractor’s education provides a solid foundation from which to practice.
What physiological benefits can I expect from chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care can enhance:
- movement of the neck and extremities
- function of the shoulders,back, and torso
- gait or foot related problems
- athletic performance
- flexibility and range of motion
Chiropractic care can relieve:
- headaches, neck and back pain
- work-related muscle and joint injuries
- pregnancy-related back ache
Does chiropractic care require a referral from an MD?
No. Since every province in Canada legislates chiropractors as primary care professionals no referral is required, so you can consult with a chiropractor directly. When the need arises, chiropractors and medical doctors often work in collaboration with each other to support patients depending on the particular condition.
Can chiropractic care cure other ailments besides back pain?
Chiropractic care is certainly a successful option for a variety of conditions, but it is not a “cure-all.” Some unexpected ailments find relief through chiropractic care such as asthma sufferers who find breathing much easier following an adjustment. While not a cure, this relief and reduction in symptoms can be an added benefit to chiropractic treatment.
How common is chiropractic treatment in Ontario?
Over 3,100 practicing chiropractors administer care to patients in Ontario making chiropractic one of the largest healthcare professions in the area. That means nearly 2.7 million Ontarians find relief through the services of a chiropractor annually to enhance their quality of life and improve their vitality.
Does chiropractic care require X-rays?
Since X-rays provide valuable information used to diagnose conditions in the body, your chiropractor will recommend X-rays as the need arises and only after reviewing your health history and providing you with a physical examination. Chiropractors must enroll in 360 hours of radiology to study topics including safety to interpreting X-rays to diagnosing ailments. Chiropractors’ competence in the interpretation of X-rays is acknowledged by governments in each province.
What about Informed consent?
Prior to starting treatment, all health professionals are obligated by regulatory standards to obtain informed consent documented in written form prior to treating patients. Healthcare consumers must receive appropriate and accurate information to assist them in evaluating their therapeutic choices, and in balancing the relative risks of treatment options with the benefits. The chiropractic profession takes this responsibility seriously and has been a leader in obtaining informed consent.