Chiropractic at Work Fit Total Therapy:
Chiropractic today is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Canada. Approximately four and a half million Canadians use the services of a chiropractor each year.
Natural, Non-invasive Approach to Health Care:
Chiropractors practice a drug-free, manual approach to health care that includes patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. In particular, chiropractors assess patients for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, extremity joints, and their surrounding structures including muscles, ligaments, and nerves. As a result of taking a physical assessment and patient history, chiropractors are able to provide a differential diagnosis for the patient’s presenting condition(s) and develop a comprehensive treatment/management plan. Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic exercise, to utilize other non-invasive therapies, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is one of the most common forms of treatment utilized by chiropractors in clinical practice. Also known as an adjustment, this intervention is a non-invasive, manual procedure that is used to decrease pain, improve areas of reduced movement in the joints and supporting tissues, and decrease muscle tightness or spasm.
Adjustments rarely cause discomfort. However, as it is a manually applied therapy, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment which usually resolves within 12 to 72 hours.
The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. For example, the technique is modified when treating children, pregnant women and older patients, and is sometimes not used at all. Patients typically note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment. The vast majority of patients who seek chiropractic health care do so for complaints of the musculoskeletal system, most often for conditions affecting the spine such as low back pain, neck pain and headaches, and research studies have demonstrated that chiropractic treatment is effective for these conditions.
Primary and Complementary Care:
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. Where other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Chiropractic care may also be palliative, providing symptomatic relief to patients with chronic conditions. By treating the musculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment may improve the general well-being of the patient. In this regard, Canada’s chiropractors are able to provide complementary care as one element of a patient’s overall treatment program.
What to Expect:
• First visit will take approximately 60 minutes and will include a detailed medical history and physical exam.
• Once we have established a diagnosis, we work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan to treat the condition in question.
• Follow-up visits are generally 20-30 minutes and can include:
• Hands-on manual therapy • Radial shockwave therapy • Exercise advice
• Exercise prescription and demonstration
• Ultrasound, TENS, interferential current, and acupuncture as required.
At each visit, we focus on function and ensure that you are progressing towards returning to your daily activities.We screen you at every visit using movement based and orthopaedic tests to ensure proper biomechanical function and determine where treatment should be focused.
What Sets Us Apart:
- You will get the latest and most up to date evidence-based information on your musculoskeletal (MSK) condition from a trusted healthcare professional.
- Easy access to your hospital records and test results to expedite treatment.
- We help develop a treatment plan that is geared to best suit your needs.
- Become an educated consumer of healthcare: you will leave knowing much more about your condition than when you came in, and how to best manage it. You will be educated on how to navigate through the many therapeutic options available to manage your condition.
- HHS/WFTT chiropractors are committed to offering the highest quality MSK rehabilitation services in a way that stresses humanity, compassion, and quality-of-life for our patients.
- We aim to be the first choice for individuals who have experienced an injury, sports related or otherwise, are preparing for surgery, have had surgery, suffer from chronic pain, have experienced a WSIB or motor vehicle accident (MVA) related injury, or are simply looking to improve their overall health and well-being.
- Unlike many community clinics, Work-Fit Total Therapy Centre is a not-for-profit organization. You can rest assured that financial gain is not influencing clinical decisions. We are a patient centred facility and our clinical decision making and philosophy reflects this. Furthermore, any revenue generated from chiropractic services rendered within WFTT go back to support YOUR local community hospital. We are currently accepting new patients and referrals.
As part of your comprehensive assessment, your Halton Healthcare/Work-Fit chiropractor will help determine which intervention, or combination thereof,is most appropriate to return you to regular functioning. The treatment provided may vary from visit to visit and is dependent on what you need on that day, and how you are progressing overall.
Advanced Soft Tissue Release Therapy:
Various soft tissue release techniques are used as part of an injury management system that is designed to treat various overuse injuries related to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Common complaints that are treated include headaches, neck pain, hip and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee complaints, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and rotator cuff injuries, amongst others.
Functional Rehabilitation and Therapy:
This concept encompasses the philosophy of the chiropractors at HHS/WFTT Centre. It includes the application of all therapeutic interventions necessary to help promote healing, recovery, and return to all that it is that you enjoy doing! Through the use of a functional movement screens we identify the faults in your musculoskeletal system and correct them through exercise and injury specific therapeutic interventions.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy (IASTT) Technique:
This approach is used in conjunction with other hands on manual therapies to help improve range of motion, reduce tension in muscles and overlying fascia, promote healing, and remove scar tissue. It is applied with the use of various instruments including patented stainless steel tools and Guasha tools. The benefits include a reduced recovery time from injury, resolution of chronic injuries or complaints that were thought to be permanent, and a decreased overall duration of treatment.
Acupuncture is a form of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine bases the application of acupuncture needles along key points and channels called meridians. Modern western medicine has studied acupuncture and found neurohormal and neuroanatomical bases for how the therapy works. For example, studies have shown that various points throughout the body can stimulate specific areas of the brain that correspond to nausea, pain, dizziness, and stress. Analgesia (pain control), increased blood flow, and assisting with inflammation are all additional and more commonly reported benefits of acupuncture.
Medical acupuncture therefore is a medical discipline having a central core of biophysical knowledge that embraces the integration of acupuncture from various traditions into contemporary biomedical practice.
Mulligan® Mobilization with Movement Technique:
This approach addresses specific movement anomalies that are often a major component of many musculoskeletal complaints. By first performing specific tests to determine what tissues and joints are affected, the therapist then knows where and how to apply a specific force that helps to reduce pain while taking the patient through a specific movement. Essentially, through the repeated specific application of this force, the therapist can often times take the pain away! Self-mobilization techniques can then be prescribed to the patient to help speed recovery. Supportive injury specific taping techniques are also often times involved with the mobilization with movement technique.
Sport/Injury Specific Taping Techniques:
Sport specific taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventive maintenance, swelling, and pain management.
These taping techniques exhibit have their effect through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems in the body. Also, the means by which taping techniques work essentially are related to the concept of proprioception, or your body’s ability to know where it is in space.
Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by external assistance. Employment of various taping techniques creates a totally new approach to treating musculoskeletal complaints. For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of sport specific taping techniques as part of their treatment. Soon thereafter, the word spread to other disciplines; they soon began employing these novel taping techniques to help athletes achieve peak and optimal performance through the application of supportive and unrestricting elastic tape. Taping is now accepted by medical practitioners and athletes in Japan, United States, Europe, South America and other Asian countries.
These taping methods are applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion and usually can be kept on for 24-48 hours.
Advanced Practice Clinician, Spine, Halton Healthcare Services Lower Back Pain Program:
Low Back Pain (LBP) is a prevalent condition: in one year, it is anticipated that approximately 18% of the population will have LBP, with 40% seeking care. LBP will affect 84% of the population at some point in their lives. It is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost work time, and is second only to cardiovascular disease in terms of chronic health problems and long-term disability. In 2012, it was ranked 6th among the top 10 leading causes of disability worldwide, and 3rd only to ischemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as the leading cause of disability in North America. LBP is considered a major cause of health expenditure with direct and indirect costs amounting to $1.2 billion per year in Ontario alone.
To help those experiencing episodes of lower back pain, WFTT in conjunction with OTMH has developed a community based LBP program that is lead by Dr. Henry Candelaria, our Spine Advanced Practice Clinician and chiropractor. Although it is developed to help support the emergency department at OTMH, this program is open to the community and does not require a referral.