Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions related to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and joints of the body. Chiropractors hold at least 7 years of post-secondary education, with over 4500 hours of academic and clinical education in courses such as biochemistry, neurology, anatomy, biomechanics, microbiology, radiology, exercise physiology, and rehabilitation. Chiropractors also utilize other treatment modalities such as:

Active Release Technique

ART® is a manual, hands-on therapy designed specifically to find scars in damaged tissue and release the adhesions that result. Adhesions are produced in acute injuries, repetitive injuries or simply when a muscle is under chronic tension and does not get enough oxygen (hypoxia). These adhesions act like tiny dabs of glue sticking to muscle fibres and between connective tissues, preventing the normal sliding movements that normally occur between healthy tissue. Adhesions limit muscle or joint movement and can create abnormal or painful motion. Adhesions to a nerve can cause numbness, tingling or radiating pain, as with carpal tunnel syndrome or the radiating leg pain of sciatica.

Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Management

IASTM is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, IASTM is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 18,000 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.

Registered Massage Therapy

Registered Massage Therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments). General techniques include applying fixed or movable pressures, holding, and/or initiating movement of or to the body. Massage is known to improve the circulation and flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing. Within massage therapy itself, there are several different modalities that address adhesions in the fascia surrounding and between layers of muscle, bone, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules. They include:

Deep Tissue

A slow and deep modality of massage that focuses on realigning the deep layers of muscle and connective tissue. This type of massage can be very beneficial for releasing chronic muscle tension.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are highly irritable points that can refer pain locally or to other areas of the body. These techniques are a specialized form of deep tissue massage that utilizes static pressure to release these tender areas of strain in the muscle.

Myofascial Release

Fascia is a dense, tough tissue that surrounds and covers all of your muscles. Myofascial release involves applying prolonged pressure into the connective tissue with the goal of enabling the muscles to slide over each other effortlessly, eliminating pain and restoring proper mobility.

Joint Mobilization

Joint mobility can become limited due to injury, overuse, aging, and contracted muscles, leaving it harder to move efficiently and without pain. Joint mobilization is a passive massage technique performed by RMTs to reduce pain and restore normal range of motion in affected areas.

Craniosacral Therapy and Muscle Energy Technique

These treatments utilize the body’s nervous system through very gentle techniques. Muscle energy uses active muscle contractions to stretch and release restricted muscles helping to relieve chronic pain and tension. Craniosacral therapy helps to restore balance to the nervous system through releasing areas of tension and holding patterns while also helping to reduce other symptoms such as anxiety and sleeping problems.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a form of primary health care that integrates the best of conventional, scientific, and empirical methodology with traditional natural medicine and the ancient laws of nature. It utilizes the healing power of nature to support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself, either by supporting deficiencies, or removing obstacles to health and healing.
Naturopathic medicine is based on six core principles:
  • First do no harm
  • Trust the healing power of nature
  • Discover and treat the cause
  • Treat the whole person
  • Doctor as teacher
  • Prevention
Diagnosis focuses on identifying the underlying causes of disease by evaluating systems that are out of balance. Treatment is aimed at restoring balance by removing or correcting the cause, be it physical, environmental, spiritual, hormonal, biochemical, etc.
Naturopathic therapies are supported by research drawn from peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines, including naturopathic medicine, conventional medicine, clinical nutrition, phytotherapy, pharmacognosy, homeopathy, psychology, and spirituality. Core treatment modalities of naturopathic medicine include botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, psychology and counseling, and physical manipulation.
Naturopathic doctors are board-certified, have attended a four-year naturopathic medical school, are clinically trained, and work in all aspects of family health—from pediatric to geriatric care.

Active Rehabilitation Kinesiology Sessions

Kinesiologists are highly educated, health care professionals who are experts in body movement. They utilize evidence-based research to develop active rehabilitation programs for patients helping them to prevent and manage injury, chronic disease, and to reach optimal physical performance.
Kinesiologists provide assessment and treatment services for the rehabilitation of people suffering from physical injuries sustained at work, automobile collisions, sports, and other life activities. The primary service is active rehabilitation, which consists of the assessment of physical function followed by the implementation and progression of a specifically structured and individually tailored exercise program. The goal of the sessions is to enhance and promote the safe and dependable return to an individual’s regular life activities and regain full physical functioning. Kinesiologists are also able to design and conduct exercise programs for all age groups and fitness levels and strive to empower people to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

Counselling

 

What is the Role of a Registered Counsellor

A registered counselor provides individuals with a safe, non-judgmental setting in which they can work through any individual or interpersonal struggles they may be experiencing. Counseling is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply to just explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. A counselor is not there to tell you what to do, but instead, they will encourage you to talk about what’s bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The counselor may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues, or help you to find ways of coping. A counselor provides support and a safe sharing space for individuals dealing with challenges such as depression, anxiety, social interactions, effective communication strategies, mood changes, and many other cognitive and behavioral areas.

What are the benefits of seeing a counselor?

Through the counseling process, individuals can gain an enhanced life through exploration of thoughts, emotions, and communication styles. Counseling helps individuals overcome feelings of hopelessness or disorganization, and leads to feelings of improved direction and confidence. At the heart of counseling is helping the client gain lifelong tools that they can use in the many challenges they may face over the life course.

Common conditions treated
– Depression
– Anxiety
– Interpersonal conflicts
– Divorce stressors
– PMDD (PMS)
– Grief /Loss
– Eating behaviors

Acupuncture

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long and mysterious history. Its focus is correcting imbalances of energy in the body. For 2500 years, TCM — and, by association, Acupuncture — has been used to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as improve and maintain general health. This is accomplished by stimulating specific points on the body by inserting very fine needles (4 times thinner than those used to draw blood).

Does Acupuncture hurt?
Surprisingly, although needles are used in Acupuncture, treatments are relatively pain free. One of the most popular uses of Acupuncture is to reduce chronic pain in a natural way, without the use of medication, eliminating any chance of unwanted side effects.

What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is able to treat many conditions including:
• Muscle spasms and pain
• Chronic neck/back problems
• Headaches and migraines
• Knee pain
• Allergies
• Digestive problems
• Mood disorders, including depression
• Sleeping issues
• Menopausal and PMS symptoms
• Nausea and vomiting

What to expect
Typically, the first acupuncture visit involves a comprehensive health history assessment. Questions that are included may seem strange, but in Traditional Chinese Medicine energy flow and whole-body interaction are the keys to diagnosing all physical disease. For example, the practitioner may ask to examine your tongue, feel your pulse to help determine energy flow, or ask many questions related to bowel habits and diet, even if these seem to have nothing to do with the primary complaint. This 75-90 minute session is comprehensive and is a chance for everything to be put out on the table. After the initial assessment, needles are placed in specific locations, where an achy or tingly sensation is often felt. Each needle is left in for 20-30 minutes in order for its effectiveness to take place. After removal of the needles, home care may be given. Once the initial session is done, you and the practitioner will come up with a treatment plan together. Follow up sessions take 45-60 minutes and require less assessment. Come in wearing loose fitting, comfortable clothes. Most points used are on the arms (below the elbows), legs (below the knees), stomach, back and scalp.

Custom Orthotics

Feet provide the foundation for the entire body. Any deviation from a normal structure and/or function can result in not only foot pain but also knee, hip and back pain. This can contribute to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, arthritis, iliotibial band syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, metatarsalgia and patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Fitting patients with custom orthotics can improve posture, restore normal biomechanics of the feet as well as maximize comfort, support and shock absorption. Our casting methods include foam and sock casting. Our lab technician then uses this cast to design orthotics for your specific requirement. Special adjustments can be made to assist the diabetic and arthritic patient, heel spurs, leg length inequalities, and bunions.
Momentum Health is proud to use the experts KINTEC for all their custom orthotics.

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