We had an exciting year in 2017 with the biggest news being the move to our Sharon location. Haven't had a chance to see the new clinic? Stay tuned for a virtual tour :)
We wish you all the best + health and happiness for 2018!
Photo credit: Happy New Year! - by Retna Karunia - CC BY
Our November newsletter includes information on Fall Prevention Month, Movember, and snow! While winter doesn't officially start until Dec. 21st we certainly get snow and have to shovel in the Fall. Shoveling is a great way of adding activity into your day!
November is a busy month. You may see an excess number of moustaches!
Movember is a time to promote awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. While there are only a few days left, you can still get involved by giving a donation, growing a moustache, and by moving!
If you are interested in learning more about mental health services, we share our clinic space with Lamppost Counselling Services.
World Spine Day
On October 16th we celebrated our spines! The goal behind World Spine Day is to raise awareness about spinal health and spinal conditions.
Did you know back pain affects 632 045 million people worldwide and neck pain affects 332 049 million people worldwide?! (Lancet, Global Burden of Disease, 2012).
Take the opportunity to give your spine a movement break each day and don't hesitate to make an appointment for manual care, exercises, and education.
Back Pain - The Basics
There are many potential pain contributors within your back. This can include the joints between the vertebrae in your spine, the capsule that surrounds each joint, ligaments, tendons, muscles, the discs that are between the vertebrae in your spine, and even nerves can become irritated or compressed to give symptoms.
Services for Back Pain:
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Migraines can have debilitating effects on our activities of daily living. If you suffer from episodic migraines or know someone who does, you probably know the basic information (or you can find that info in our intro to migraines article). So what are some options? Recent research shows this therapy can help reduce the frequency of your migraine attacks: acupuncture!
Research into conservative management of this disorder has lead to an updated review by the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews for the prevention of migraines with acupuncture. This 2016 review concludes adding a course of at least 6 acupuncture visits to symptomatic treatment can decrease the frequency of migraine episodes. Additionally the authors found the effects of acupuncture may be similarly effective as compared to treatment with prophylactic drugs.
Keep reading for a breakdown of this systematic review.
Cochrane reviews organize research findings to help simplify and point to evidence based options for treatments and interventions for different conditions. The most recent Cochrane review for the prevention of tension-type headaches focused on acupuncture.
The review included 12 trials which totaled to 2349 participants. The important thing to note is that the review looked at prevention of future tension-type headaches (a decrease in headache frequency).
Acupuncture vs Routine Care
When acupuncture was compared to routine care, the proportion of patients who experienced at least 50% reduction in headache frequency was significantly higher in the group receiving acupuncture.
Tension-type headaches are the most common primary headache disorder with a global prevalence of up to 1.68 million. According to one study, up to 78% of the population have experienced or will experience a tension-type headache in their lifetime (lifetime prevalence).
Tension-type headaches can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 7 days, are typically located on both sides of the head/neck, mild to moderate intensity, and have a pressing or tightening pain quality (non-pulsating). Additionally the pain does not become worse with routine activities (eg. walking up the stairs). While this headache is not associated with nausea or vomiting, it can be associated with photophobia or phonophobia.
It is possible for migraine and tension type headache symptoms to overlap or to have two concurrent headaches. If this is the case, you may be provided with a probable or mixed type headache diagnosis.
Migraines have huge negative effects on our quality of life. They typically last anywhere from 4-72 hours and may have a combination of the following characteristics: unilateral, throbbing or pulsating quality, moderate-severe pain intensity, and/or aggravation by movement (eg. climbing stairs). The headache is accompanied by at least one of the following symptoms: 1) nausea and/or vomiting and/or 2) photophobia and/or phonophobia (light or sound may be aggravating).
Migraines can present with or without aura. Migraines with aura will have unilateral fully-reversible visual, sensory, or other central nervous system symptoms that develop gradually. This is typically followed by the headache and associated symptoms. Over 90% of individuals who experience this type of migraine will experience a visual aura.
Manual therapy is one of the non-pharmacological treatments migraine sufferers can find relief with. This can range from soft tissue therapy (trigger point therapy, myofascial release), joint mobilization/manipulation, posture relief exercises and education, exercises and rehabilitation, and acupuncture.
Headaches are horrible. Whether you suffer from headaches on a chronic or infrequent basis they can be debilitating and prevent you from enjoying your normal activities. Despite this, many individuals “live” with it.
As a healthcare professional I find it astounding how far we’ve come with diagnosing headaches - there are a ridiculous number of subtypes of headaches (212 if I counted correctly) within the main headache groups (14 classifications). This article with briefly discuss the more common headaches that an individual will present with at Haptic Health and Chiropractic. Check back for articles on each of the headache types.
The most typical types of migraines include migraines without aura, migraines with aura, and chronic migraines. The most recent Global Burden of Disease Study found migraines to be the 7th leading cause of disability worldwide.
According to the International Headache Society, at any given point in time anywhere from 30-78% of the general population will have a tension-type headache (1) - this creates a huge socioeconomic burden on our society. The most common subtypes include infrequent episodic, frequent episodic, and chronic tension type headaches.
Neck pain can result from tight muscles or restricted movements in joints; overuse injuries that occur after prolonged sitting or improper posture; or injuries and accidents that may be sport, work, or even motor vehicle related.
When muscles in the neck are tight or injured they may cause pain at the site of muscle or tendon attachment. It is also possible for muscles to refer pain to other parts of the body away from the neck. For example the muscles at the base of your skull can refer pain to your temples. Joints are very similar to muscles in that they can refer pain away from the site of injury. Injury at the joint, like a tight or injured muscle, can result in restricted movement. Neck pain can also affect the nerves in your neck which can produce symptoms such as numbness or tingling in your arms and hands.
When receiving treatment for tight or injured muscles and joints, your chiropractor may give you strengthening exercises in addition to stretching exercises. This is especially important in overuse injuries as the goal is to not only reduce pain, improve range of movement, but also to decrease the frequency of occurrence.
Not sure what to expect at Haptic Health and Chiropractic? We offer free 15 minute consultations to answer these questions. Dr. Judith McCann is a chiropractor in Sharon trained to assess neck pain, headaches, neck tightness, and associated numbness and tingling in your hands, as well as provide appropriate treatment or referral as needed.
We're open again! Our doors were temporarily closed for the move but we are back offering chiropractic, acupuncture, rehabilitation, and custom orthotic services to York Region. We are excited to join ranks with The Lamppost Counselling Services and offer our services to the Sharon community. We are located opposite the Sharon Temple on Leslie Street and accepting new patients! Email, website, and phone number are still the same :)
While located in Sharon, our services extend to Holland Landing, Bradford, Newmarket, Aurora, Mount Albert, Queensville, and Keswick. We offer free 15 minute consultations, so don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about how we can help you :)
Although born in South Africa, Dr. McCann, has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.