Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is used most broadly to relieve pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems.
Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed.
The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan will be discussed during your initial visit.
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.
Are you not feeling safe with a cane anymore? Are you finding yourself “wall walking” or hanging onto the furniture to keep stable? Feeling stuck inside your home and wanting more freedom? Or do you have a respiratory condition and want a walker you can sit on to catch your breath?
The Ontario government will pay for 75% of the cost of a wheeled walker (Rollator) if an Authorizer registered with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care deems you in permanent need of the walker.
This cannot be applied to temporary conditions. And you will not qualify if you do not meet certain criteria. Ruth Wentzell, PT is an Authorizer, and will guide you through her assessment and the forms to ensure you qualify.
Compression stockings are specially designed to apply pressure to your lower legs, helping to maintain blood flow, and reduce discomfort and swelling. They may be prescribed by your GP if you have a condition that causes poor blood flow in your legs, such as:
If you cannot leave your home easily due to pain, mobility issues, cognitive problems or poor weather/fear of falling then your Healthcare Practitioners at Clarkson Sports and Physiotherapy can come to you!
We can arrange to come in for a few visits until you are able to attend the clinic, or we can accommodate a long-term treatment plan.
Due to the extra time involved in travel, and to ensure you receive quality care, the fees are slightly higher.
What Is An Orthotic?
Orthotics are custom-made medical devices inserted into your shoes to help balance your posture and keep you in alignment.
Why Do I Need Orthotics?
Your feet are your foundation. Any weakness or unstable positioning in either foot can contribute to postural problems throughout the rest of the body.
By stabilizing and balancing the feet, custom-made orthotics help to enhance your body’s performance and efficiency, reduce pain and contribute to your total body wellness.
How Can They Help Me?
Orthotics promote proper alignment of the feet. They allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function properly. When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but also in other parts of the body such as knees or lower back.
What About Off Shelf Orthotics?
No one else’s feet are exactly like yours. Prefabricated orthotics, mass-produced to fit an “average” foot, may cost less, but usually do not properly correct the specific problems and may end up doing more harm than good. Many times, this type of orthotic can worsen a condition and create problems elsewhere in the body.
Who Needs Them?
In addition to providing relief for a painful foot problem or an injury, those who may benefit from orthotics include people who must walk or stand for extended periods, or those who must stand on hard surfaces such as tile or concrete.
For those who are active in sports, orthotics often increase endurance, performance and strength.
For overweight individuals, orthotics can help to counteract the extra stress on the feet, as minor problems are often magnified due to the increased weight.
Children who complain of “tired feet” or seem to fatigue quicker than expected with running or walking may benefit from orthotics. Certain gait patterns require the foot and lower limb to work harder than they should causing excessive fatigue.
What If My Feet Don't Hurt?
Even if your feet don’t hurt, a weakened foundation may seriously affect the rest of your body. If you are currently having knee, hip, low back, or neck pain, your feet may not be supporting joints, bones, or soft tissues above the ankles properly.
Think prevention! If you wait until you are in pain, then there is already damage that may have been preventable.
How Do I Get Them?
A Chiropractor, who has extensive knowledge of biomechanics and gait analysis, will ask about any medical problems or pain you may be experiencing. You should receive a computerized gait analysis and complete foot assessment.
Based on an individuals particular problem or needs, the doctor makes a recommendation about whether orthotics will be helpful or if some other treatment is warranted.
Does My Insurance Cover Orthotics?
Many extended benefit plans do cover custom orthotics, but every plan is different. It is best to consult your detailed plan benefits booklet or website. Pay particular attention to whether you need a prescription to be fully covered, and what professionals are permitted to prescribe. Many plans require an MD prescription. When in doubt it is best to call first or have your chiropractor send in an estimate prior to ordering your custom orthotics.
Are you experiencing knee or hip pain and waiting for a joint replacement? Maybe your back is killing you and you’re worried you need surgery. Have you become very weak and want the best possible outcome from your surgery? Do you want a faster recovery post-operatively?
PREhabilitation is either used to prevent injuries or to assist in post-operative recovery by building your strength and fitness in a safe, guided manner.
We use two types of tape at CSP. Kinesiotape is the original brand used by the inventor, Kenzo Kase. It is an elastic type of tape that allows movement while reducing swelling and pain.
Leukotape is a rigid style tape that supports and immobilizes an area to allow it to rest and heal, or for postural correction.