There are a number of myths associated with chiropractic that dissuade potential patients from visiting chiropractors and experiencing quality healthcare. Our hope is to dispel these myths to encourage more people to enjoy the health benefits of chiropractic and experience the “Ace Difference”.
Common myths associated with chiropractic:
- Chiropractors only deal with necks and backs
Chiropractors are highly trained to diagnose and treat any and all parts of the human musculoskeletal system. In other words, chiropractors deal with not only necks and backs, but conditions related to shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, and more.
- Chiropractors only “crack bones”
The fancy term for “bone cracking” is referred to as joint manipulation. Joint manipulation is used to facilitate joint health by creating better movement within a joint. This in turn can decrease pain and improve performance. Although joint manipulation can be quite effective for certain conditions, it is only one tool of many and often isn’t necessary for successful treatment. At Ace Sports Clinic, your chiropractor will often use a combination of soft tissue therapy, exercise prescription, rehabilitation, and acupuncture.
- Joint manipulation is dangerous
Current research states that joint manipulation is safe and effective for a range of conditions. The “cracking” heard during a joint manipulation isn’t actually bones cracking or smashing together at all. On the contrary, joint manipulation causes a quick and subtle separation of a joint causing the release of gas. This release of gas is the “crack” or “pop” often heard during a joint manipulation.
- Once you’ve seen a chiropractor, you have to keep coming back
Once a diagnosis has been made by your chiropractor, a treatment plan will be developed based on your chiropractor’s recommendations as well as your preferences and goals. Naturally, the recommended course of treatment will vary depending on the patient and the patient’s condition. Nevertheless, the development of a treatment plan is a shared-decision making process between the patient and chiropractor and the choice to continue care is ultimately up to you – the patient.
Book a personalized health assessment with one of our Chiropractors today and experience “The Ace Difference”
Winter weather can pack a punch and, with the season’s heavy snowfalls, injuries often result. Improper snow shovelling is often to blame.
But shovelling out after a storm doesn’t have to leave you stiff and sore. With a little know-how, you can clear your driveway without the all-too-common back, neck and shoulder pain cramping your style. Here’s how, courtesy of our friends from Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA):
Before You Start
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as big an issue in the winter months as it is in the summer.
- Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as you get warm.
- Wear proper footwear. Shoes and boots with solid treads on the soles can help to minimize the risk of slips and falls.
- Pick the right shovel. Use a lightweight, non-stick, push-style shovel. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body. An ergonomically correct model (curved handle) will help prevent injury and fatigue. Also, if you spray the blade with a silicone-based lubricant, the snow will slide off more easily.
- Before beginning any snow removal, warm up for five to 10 minutes to get your joints moving and increase blood circulation. A brisk walk will do it.
All Set to Go
PUSH, DON’T THROW.
Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing it. If you must throw it, avoid twisting and turning — position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile.
BEND YOUR KNEES.
Use your knees, leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
WATCH FOR ICE.
Be careful on icy walkways and slippery surfaces. Intermittent thaws and subsequent freezing can lead to ice building up underfoot, resulting in nasty slips and falls. Throw down some salt or sand to ensure you have a good footing.
Once you’ve mastered safe snow shovelling techniques, you’ll be free to have fun and stay fit all winter.
Contact Ace Sports Clinic in case you have questions regarding an injury as a result of snow shovelling.
What does a Chiropractor do?
Chiropractors are musculoskeletal specialists who assess, diagnose, and treat issues related to human biomechanics, soft tissue, joints, and nerves. These issues can range from sports injuries to chronic arthritis. At Ace Sports Clinic, treatment with your chiropractor will typically involve a combination of soft tissue therapy, joint mobilization/manipulation, rehabilitation, exercise prescription, and acupuncture. Of course, the treatment modalities selected by your chiropractor will be based specifically on your requirements / preferences and will vary from person to person.
How can Chiropractic help?
- Relieve your pain and improve your function
Simply put, we can help people in pain. If you are suffering from joint pain, nerve pain, a muscle strain or ligament sprain, your chiropractor will be able to identify the source of the problem and provide you with solutions for lasting results.
- Screen for joint health to improve your movement
Regardless if you are in pain or not, screening for joint health is important for any active person.
When you visit your family doctor, you get a “physical” to assess your general health and identify areas that can be improved like blood pressure. When you visit your chiropractor at Ace Sports Clinic, you will receive a comprehensive “physical evaluation” that will identify joints that may be at increased risk for injury and areas that could be hindering your movement and potentially altering your bodies performance. Once these areas have been identified, your chiropractor will provide you with tailor-made strategies to prevent injury, improve your movement, posture and performance.
Call us today on 416 792 4223 to book your Chiropractic appointment with one of our health experts and experience “the Ace Difference”.