It's time to discover The Healing Path

The key to better health could be right under your feet!

Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, (like a crack in the foundation of a house), the subtle change in the way you walk and compensate for it will cause a chain reaction in your posture and your overall walking mechanics; (like the shifting and settling of a house). These changes can put stress on joints, leading to more serious problems down the road.

What are prescription orthotics?
Prescription orthotics look like insoles, but are actually biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made from your specific measurements using a specific scanning device, called a Gait Scan. The sole purpose (no pun intended) of orthotics, are to correct your foot imbalances. Orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes- they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. Each individual person has their own specific needs and (much like snowflakes), no two people’s orthotics are the same.

How do they help?
Properly made orthotics are custom molded to the support requirements of your feet. They help restore the normal balance of your body by gently correcting foot abnormalities. custom made orthotics are a pleasure to wear- as they gently reduce problems associated with pressure points, muscle strain and abnormal forces on the ankles, knees, hips and spine. Over time, these prescribed orthotics will help correct and provide relief from fatigue and pain, allowing you to enjoy daily activities comfortably.

How do you know if you need orthotics?
Next time you get out of the shower, step onto a dry towel; (use a colour that changes when it’s wet- a blue one works well). Have a look at your wet foot prints. If they have a gentle curve from the ball to the heel, that’s good. But if the curve is shallow or non-existent, then you have low or flat arches. If the curve is deep or the ball doesn’t join up to the heel, then you have high arches. Now look at your feet and ankles in the mirror. Do your ankles roll inward? Do your knees cave in? Do you develop calluses easily? Perhaps you have arch or heel pain, bunions, sore ankles, shins or knees? These are all telltale signs that show the need for custom orthotics.

How long do orthotics last?
Many factors such as body type, physical activity level, and type of physical activity will influence the life of your orthotics. Generally 1-2 years is the normal life span of an orthotic that’s being worn every day. You should have your orthotics checked every year to ensure your orthotics have not lost their rigidity or your prescription has not changed.

We would be happy to answer any of your questions about orthotics. Schedule your complimentary scan today!

The Truth About Chiropractic Care

  1. Myth: Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.

Truth: Studies have shown that Chiropractic adjustments are safer than many common activities like salon shampooing, break dancing and gazing at stars. The most talked about risk with chiropractic adjustments are strokes due to neck adjustments. Research indicates that the chance of having a stroke from a chiropractic adjustment is estimated to be over 1 in 1 million. As these risks are so low, there is a lot of controversy over whether stroke can even be considered a significant risk. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning multiple times. It has been established by Governments that chiropractic is the SAFEST and most effective treatment for back pain. Medical treatment results in more than 180,000 deaths each year.

  1. Myth: Prescription and non-prescription drugs are safe.

Truth: Adverse reactions to properly prescribed medications are the third leading cause of death in North America. Chiropractic care offers a safe, drug free alternative to many ailments.

  1. Myth: Once you go to the Chiropractor, you’ll always have to go.

Truth: Regular adjustments are a part of a healthy lifestyle. The choice to continue is yours. Patients are encouraged to decide how much Chiropractic care they want. Once people understand the numerous beneficial effects of Chiropractic care on health and wellness, many CHOOSE lifelong Chiropractic wellness care. This is always a personal decision. Maintaining optimal spinal health is equivalent to people choosing to see a Dentist for lifelong dental care. It just makes sense!

  1. Myth: Chiropractic care is not effective.

Truth: The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in the human body. The key to optimum health is a proper functioning nervous system and a healthy lifestyle. Your body is able to heal, but to do so, it requires no interference with the nervous system. Chiropractic works to restore proper function of your nervous system by removing subluxations.

  1. Myth: Children don’t need Chiropractic adjustments.

Truth: Chiropractic care is safe for children of all ages, including babies. Chiropractic results are achieved much quicker on children than adults. Similar scenarios with quick results occur when children wear dental braces as opposed to adults.

  1. Myth: Childhood bumps and bruises are harmless.

Truth: It is estimated that a child sustains 1,500 spinal–related traumas before the age of 5. Regular chiropractic care can help minimize and correct those adverse affects.

  1. Myth: Chiropractors aren’t real doctors.

Truth:  Chiropractic students receive 4,485 hours of college classroom instruction vs. 4,248 hours for other medical students. Chiropractors are licensed by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.

  1. Myth: It’s safe and beneficial to perform self-adjustments.

Truth:  While self adjustments can give temporary relief and a false sense of correcting the problem.  In fact, self-adjustments actually create the sensation by manipulating the joints above and below the affected joint thereby leading to unnecessary extra movement to that joint. It also may lead to arthritis.

  1. Myth: Your bones grind against each other during an adjustment.

Truth:  The noise is the release of carbon dioxide gas from the spine that creates the popping sound you hear after the adjustments. In general the spinal adjustments we do in the office are extremely gentle, and do not hurt. Occasionally; however, you may be mildly sore after the first adjustment; similar to starting an exercise program.

  1. Myth: Chiropractic care is expensive.

Truth: Many insurance companies cover adjustments because they have statistically quantified the benefits of preventative care versus drugs and surgery. Medical treatment is usually 50-70X more expensive than chiropractic treatment and over 80% of the cost is for diagnosis. Chiropractic has been proven through research to be 3X more cost-effective.