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We understand that these injuries can affect muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. When muscles stay contracted for too long, blood flow can be affected. Too much pressure or strain on the tendons and ligaments causes inflammation and pain. 

Musculoskeletal disorders requires recognition, assessment and control of the injury. Otherwise over time the body will gradually begin to restrict your movements and create pain.

They typically develop when the same muscles are used over and over again or for a long time without taking time to rest. The chance of getting this type of injury increases if the force or pressure exerted is high and/or when the movements are repetitive in nature. Awkward posture or poor ergonomics can also be a cause, the more static or poor ergonomics will increase likelihood the person will be injured.

Our team of highly skilled physiotherapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and chiropractors will work together alongside you to help make a plan and rehabilitate you back to your normal everyday self.

We have a whole team of therapists at our locations to fit your needs. We can help begin the process to getting better and to strengthen the body. We invite you to our Streetsville and Port Credit  clinics, or give us a call for a free consultation. Your health is our top priority!


What Causes Shoulder and Arm Pain?

Shoulder pain or arm pain causes can be obvious in instances when you injure the arm or shoulder and immediately feel pain. You may have broken a bone or dislocated your shoulder. If you suddenly feel pain after lifting perhaps you strained tendons or ligaments by carrying too much weight for a long time, by lifting something that was very heavy.

Commonly the rotator cuff is injured by overreaching or overexerting your arm--as when playing sports when you're out of shape--or by keeping your arm in an awkward position, or even by sleeping on the shoulder. The resulting pain can range from an annoying ache to acute pain that makes it hard for you to use the injured arm.

Other shoulder pains can be felt, extending to further joints in your body, and if other symptoms - like swelling, numbness, tingling, fever, fatigue, and insomnia--accompany the pain. The causes of shoulder and arm pain include tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and gout. Pain can also result from a reaction to medications such as penicillin, anti-anxiety drugs, and oral contraceptives. Whiplash injuries, common in auto accidents, can also cause shoulder, arm or rotator cuff pain.

Symptoms of Shoulder/Arm Pain

It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:

  • Pain in injured area.
  • Tenderness.
  • Swelling.
  • Bruising.
  • Decrease in range of motion.

Causes of Shoulder/Arm Pain

Some causes of shoulder/arm pain include, but are not limited to:

  • Falling on the floor
  • Torn muscle
  • Torn ligament
  • Torn tendon
  • Sprain
  • Strain
  • Infection
  • Overuse
  • Repetitive trauma

Treatment of Shoulder/Arm Pain

Shoulder and arm pain can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Ultrasound.
  • Interferential current.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Massage therapy .
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Have a nutritious diet.
  • Rest.
  • Medication (consult a doctor).

Prevention of Shoulder/Arm Pain

Some preventative measures include:

  • Maintain or improve on range of motion.l
  • Maintain or improve strength.
  • Maintain or improve stability.
  • Do not over exert arm when doing activities.
  • Ensure proper warmup and cooldown.
  • Maintain good posture.
  • Avoid falling.

If you suffer from shoulder/arm pain and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What Causes Back Pain?

Back pain can result after years of abusing your body.  Poor posture, improper lifting and the lack of body conditioning make the back prone to injury. The lower back is particularly vulnerable and the dysfunction of its major joints can lead to painful results. Other pain-sensitive structures can be stretched, torn and distorted.

Back problems can be caused by an extraordinarily wide range of problems – some of them originating elsewhere in the body, but with pain being transmitted (referred) to areas of the back by the nervous system. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. It is the symptom that prompts most patients who get therapy. The majority of backache sufferers complain of pain in the lower back; the second most common site of discomfort is the base of the neck.

Virtually all human beings are subject to back pain and related problems. The fact that humans walk upright, on two legs, puts great pressure on the spine and muscles that support it. Over time, back pain is all but inevitable. Normal wear and tear, accidents, disease, and such bad "back habits" as unnecessary strain from overexertion at play or work (especially lifting, pushing, pulling, and reaching for things improperly), and poor standing and sitting posture result in both immediate and long-term back problems.

Symptoms of Back Pain

It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:

  • Pain in the back.
  • Inflammation.
  • Bruising.
  • Discoloration.
  • Headaches.
  • Numbness in extremities.
  • Stiffness.
  • Decrease in range of motion.

Causes of Back Pain

Some causes of back pain include,  but are not limited to:

  • Improper form for activities.
  • Sprain.
  • Strain.
  • Torn muscle.
  • Herniated disc.
  • Overexerting the back.
  • Muscle imbalances.

Treatment of Back Pain

Back pain can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Acupuncture.
  • Medication (consult a doctor)
  • Yoga.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation.
  • Rest.

Preventing Back Pain

Some preventative measures include:

  • Maintain good posture when doing activities.
  • Do not overexert the body.
  • Take a rest when you feel pain when doing activities.
  • Have a nutritious diet.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Ensure avid sleep.



If you suffer from back pain and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.



What is a Herniated Disc?

Herniated disc are called protruding, bulging, ruptured, prolapsed, slipped, torn or degenerated discs. There are fine distinctions between these terms, but all really refer to a disc that is no longer in its normal condition and/or position. Herniated discs cause pain by impinging on (intruding upon, irritating, and pinching) and even injuring nerves in the spinal column.

Spinal discs have a fairly tough outer layer with a soft interior to cushion against the shocks and strains experienced as you move and put various stresses on your spine. The discs are subject to injury, disease, and degeneration with use over time.

A herniated lumbar disc can send pain shooting down through your buttock and thigh into the back of your leg (sciatica). Bulging disc patients may have pain that travels into different parts of the body. Often they will demonstrate a limitation movement and they might lean to one side to relieve the pain.

A cervical disc herniation causes pain in the shoulder, arm, and hand. Herniated discs can cause muscle weakness, make it hard to get up when you've been sitting or lying down, cause pain when you strain to do something, even when you cough or sneeze. They sometimes produce pain in the lower right side of the abdomen. Herniated discs can also affect nerves to the bladder and bowel, causing incontinence. This symptom signals the need for immediate, emergency attention.

There is broad acceptance among healthcare professionals and the public of the recommendation that the pain from herniated discs be initially treated conservatively. That is, as long as there are no signs (such as severe pain, numbness, or functional impairment from nerve involvement) of the need for more invasive treatment, two or three months of therapy would be the best choice before considering to spinal surgery or shots of analgesics (painkillers) in your back.

Symptoms of Herniated Disc

It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:

  • Intense pain local in low back or travels down arm / leg.
  • Increased pain with sneezing or bending low-back.
  • Loss of function and increase muscle tightness.

Causes of Herniated Disc

Some causes of foot pain include, but are not limited to:

  • Age.
  • Wear and tear throughout life.
  • Obesity.
  • If you have a strenuous occupation.
  • Genetics

Treatment of Herniated Disc

Herniated discs can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Massage therapy.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture.
  • Rest.
  • Medication (consult a doctor).
  • Surgery (consult a doctor).
  • Yoga.

Preventing Herniated Discs

Some preventative measures include:

  • Maintain proper form when doing activities
  • Have good posture.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Stretch after long periods of being sedentary.
  • Regulate your body weight.

If you suffer from a herniated disc and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What is Foot Pain and What Causes it?

Foot pain or dysfunction (limping, favoring one foot or the other, inability to put weight on the heel and/or the toes). Foot pain can be due to ill-fitting, inappropriate footwear that cramps your feet; injuries that keep you from walking well--or at all; sprains which stretch or tear ligaments (which connect bones); and stress fractures of bones in the foot, which can result from accidents or overuse while engaging in sports or exercise. Just as foot disorders may originate elsewhere in the body, problems experienced in the feet can cause difficulties in other parts of the body.

Your feet are extremely complex structures composed of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and skin. They are also subject to injuries and problems caused by normal wear and tear over years of supporting the weight of your body and making it possible for you to stand, walk, run, and jump.

Foot pain and dysfunction caused by illness or injury can force you to modify your gait (the way you walk) and create significant stresses on the joints of your legs, hips, and lower spine. Your feet are the foundation for your entire body. When they suffer from pain, misalignments, and malformations, your whole body is placed in jeopardy.

Even without pain, foot dysfunction can cause your whole body to overcompensate, which can lead to back pain and even headache, not to mention the emotional stress of discomfort and limitations on movement that can spread from the feet upward.

Symptoms of Foot Pain

It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:

  • Pain in the foot.
  • Swelling or inflammation in the foot.
  • Bruising in the foot.
  • Tenderness in the foot.
  • Numbness in the foot.
  • Burning sensation in the foot.

Causes of Foot Pain

Some causes of foot pain include, but are not limited to:

  • Wearing inappropriate footwear.
  • Spraining ankle.
  • Straining ankle muscles.
  • Muscle tear.
  • Torn ligament.
  • Torn tendon.
  • Fractures.

Treatment of Foot Pain

Foot pain can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Physiotherapy.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Medication (consult a doctor).
  • Surgery (consult a doctor).
  • Immobilization.
  • Rest.

Preventing Foot Pain

Some preventative measures include:

  • Avoid overexerting your feet.
  • Ensure proper warmup and cooldown.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • If you feel pain, take a break.
  • Maintain or improve strength of ankles.
  • Maintain or improve range of motion of ankles
  • Maintain or improve stability of ankles.
  • Ensure avid sleep.

If you suffer from foot pain and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

Could I Have Scoliosis?

Some people suffer from "Scoliosis" -- an abnormal curvature of the spine, one characterized by a rotational side-to-side deformity.  Although, everyone's spine or back has a natural front-to-back curve -- that's what produces the normal rounding of the shoulders and the sway of the lower back.

In simple terms, what this means is that the spine is twisted side-to-side, often taking on an "S" shaped appearance and even resembling a corkscrew.

  • Scoliosis can be from unknown causes termed 'idiopathic'
  • Sometime can be due to uneven stresses from sports or heavy backpacks
  • We can relieve undue pressure and tension on the spine and muscle.

Almost three out of every 100 people have a degree of abnormal spinal curvature, and for others it never becomes a serious problem. But for many others, the curve gets worse over time and can cause considerable back pain, frustration, and limitations on normal activities. Severe scoliosis can even complicate breathing and circulation.

The most common form of scoliosis is called idiopathic scoliosis, which basically means that the cause is unknown. Anyone can suffer from scoliosis; the condition usually begins in childhood, although too often it is not identified until the teenage years or later.

Scoliosis tends to run in families, and it affects many more girls. In fact, research indicates that girls are nearly eight times more likely to have scoliosis and five times more likely to require treatment for their condition, and the curvature of their spine in most cases will worsen over time, if left unattended.

Symptoms of Scoliosis

It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:

  • Noticeable curvature in spine.
  • Back pain.
  • Fatigue (postural fatigue when standing in specific).
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Bad circulation.
  • Uneven hips.

Causes of Scoliosis

Some causes of scoliosis  include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender.
  • Bad posture.
  • Neuromuscular conditions.
  • Birth defects.
  • Infection of the spinal muscles.
  • Inflammation of the spinal muscles.
  • Tumors.

Treatment of Scoliosis

Scoliosis can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Physiotherapy.
  • Medication (consult a doctor).
  • Acupuncture.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation.
  • Surgery (consult a doctor).

Preventing Scoliosis

Some preventative measures include:

  • Maintain a good posture.
  • Avoid traumatic injuries to the back.

If you suffer from scoliosis and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.



What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has been known by doctors for more than 100 years, but it took the emergence of computer keyboards for the condition to achieve national prominence. In fact, any activity that constantly strains the wrist, from guitar playing to rowing, from assembly line work to knitting, can bring it on. Sometimes, however, carpal tunnel syndrome can begin without any apparent cause at all. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes pinched due to swelling of the nerve or tendons or both. The median nerve provides sensation to the palm side of the thumb, index, middle fingers, as well as the inside half of the ring finger and muscle power to the thumb. When this nerve becomes pinched, numbness, tingling and sometimes pain of the affected fingers and hand may occur and radiate into the forearm.

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts as repeated local irritations swell the tendons and ligaments in the wrist. This then compresses the median nerve, which passes through a "tunnel" from the forearm to the hand. The combination of the inflamed tendons and the squeezed median nerve are responsible for the pain, tingling, numbness and weakness of the thumb and index and middle fingers characteristic of CTS.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder of the wrist and hand that affects some 5 million Americans. Carpal tunnel refers to a passageway in the wrist, composed of bones and ligaments, through which a major nerve system passes from the forearm into the hand.

For a variety of reasons--repetitive strain, arthritis, bone dislocation or fracture, fluid retention, or a variety of systemic changes affecting the entire body, such as diabetes--the carpal tunnel can become narrowed. When this occurs, the median nerve, which controls feeling and movement in the hand, is compressed by surrounding tissue or excess fluid. As the nerve is constricted, it causes numbness, weakness, or pain. Often affecting the dominant hand (though possible in both hands), these symptoms may appear suddenly or gradually, and may last for only a few days at a time or persist for several months.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:

  • You might notice that their fingers "fall asleep" and become numb at night.
  • You might wake up with numbness and tingling in their hands.
  • Feeling of burning pain and numbness may generally run up the center of the person's forearm.
  • Sometimes CTS can reach as far as the shoulder.
  • As carpal tunnel syndrome becomes more severe, symptoms are noticed during the day.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Some causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include, but are not limited to:

  • A great amount of pressure in the wrist.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Infections.
  • Using objects that vibrate for a prolonged period of time.
  • Repetitive movements involving the wrists and hands.

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Physiotherapy.
  • Ice therapy.
  • Heat therapy.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Rest.
  • Nutritious diet.

Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Some preventative measures include:

  • Having an ergonomic workplace.
  • Take breaks when doing activities.
  • Do not overexert your hands.
  • Increase strength in hands and wrists.
  • Increase range of motion in hands and wrists.
  • Increase stability in hands and wrists.
  • Exercise regularly.



If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a form of joint pain, and it's not surprising that people who suffer reach for the aspirin or other conventional pain reliever. Problem is, these medications can be really rough on your stomach, and they also do nothing to slow the progress of your arthritis. Even the new COX-2 inhibitor drugs don't act to preserve the joint. We've found that there are other steps you can take, including the use of antioxidant supplements, to reduce cartilage degeneration and keep your joints from stiffening up.

Types of Arthritis

Arthritis is most commonly in the form of osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. Over time, this condition produces a gradual, age-related deterioration of joint cartilage (the smooth, gel-like cushion between bones that reduces friction and absorbs shock). As the disease progresses and the cartilage continues to break down, exposed bone ends rub together and may develop growths, called spurs. Then, when the joint moves, the spurs grind against each other, causing pain and joint instability. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but it is most common in the fingers, knees, ankles and feet, hips, neck, and spine.

Osteoarthritis often begins gradually, with mild joint stiffness and pain that usually occur in the morning or after exercise and are relieved by rest. In some people, symptoms remain mild or even fade away. In others, however, the condition grows progressively worse and can become severely disabling. Affected joints may become deformed and gnarled. Because pain and stiffness may limit movement and exercise, the muscles surrounding the joint can become weaker, causing even more discomfort and stiffness.

Osteoarthritis is among the most common of age-related diseases, and now affects some 16 million Americans. By age 40, nine out of 10 people show some signs of arthritic changes on X rays, and many go on to develop joint pain and stiffness. Though osteoarthritis is neither preventable nor curable, fortunately its symptoms are controllable. We offer complimentary consultations so that you can discover natural solutions for your health.

Nothing can cure osteoarthritis, but nutritional supplements, the application of heat or cold to affected joints, exercise, and weight loss can improve the function and flexibility of your joints, and perhaps even slow the progress of the disease.

One alternative, especially for those with chronic arthritis pain, is periodic chiropractic treatment, massage therapy and acupuncture treatments. Although the pain-relieving effects may be transitory, these sessions can be very beneficial for those who find that drugs or supplements are insufficient or have unacceptable side effects.

Even though osteoarthritis isn't preventable, you can often at least delay the onset of the disease and reduce its severity by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and avoiding, if possible, repetitive motions that can stress your joints.

Additionally, non-surgical and non-pharmacological treatments are recommended as the first line of therapy for knee and hip osteoarthritis. Techniques such as exercise therapy and manual therapy may reduce pain and increase joint function in these disorders.

Symptoms of Arthritis

The joint damage associated with osteoarthritis causes swelling, pain, and deformity. Here is information about how osteoarthritis affects the foot and ankle and information you can use to help you manage this debilitating condition.

Symptoms of foot and ankle osteoarthritis often include the following:

  • Tenderness or pain.
  • Reduced ability to move or walk.
  • Stiffness in the joint.
  • Swelling in the joint.

Causes of Arthritis

Some causes of arthritis include,  but are not limited to:

  • Age.
  • Genetics.
  • Immune system dysfunction.
  • Infection.
  • Injuries.

Treatment of Arthritis

Arthritis can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Massage therapy.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation.
  • Medication (consult a doctor).
  • Surgery (consult a doctor).

Preventing Arthritis

Some preventative measures include:

  • Maintain a good posture.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Maintain good posture when doing activities.

If you suffer from arthritis and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain is a common complaint which will probably affect everyone at some point in their life. It is however, usually short-lived, lasting for just a few days at a time. More often than not a stiff neck is caused by muscular tightness. A muscle in the neck may have been strained (pulled/torn) or have gone into spasm. Levator scapulae is a common culprit.

Symptoms of Neck Pain

Symptoms of foot and ankle osteoarthritis often include the following:

  • Tightness.
  • Decrease in range of motion.
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Pain may radiate down into the back or down the arms.

Causes of Neck Pain

Some causes of arthritis include,  but are not limited to:

  • Poor posture.
  • Repetitive neck movements.
  • Unusual neck positions (especially when sleeping).
  • Stress.
  • Sports activities.
  • Lifting weights.
  • Temperature.

Treatment of Neck Pain

Neck pain can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Rest from any activity that may have caused it.
  • Gently stretch the neck muscles.
  • Apply an ice pack (within the first 48 hours of acute pain).
  • Massage therapy is usually very effective in relaxing the muscles.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Heat therapy.
  • Cold therapy.

Preventing Neck Pain

Some preventative measures include:

  • Maintain a good posture.
  • Do not overexert your body.
  • When you are feeling pain, take a break.
  • Ensure a proper warmup and cooldown.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Exercise regularly.

If you suffer from neck pain and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What is Asthma?

Asthma (also called essential asthma, bronchial asthma, and atopic asthma) is a lung disease involving heightened sensitivity to diverse stimuli and variable airway obstruction that is reversible. It is a controllable ailment, but can be seriously debilitating and even life threatening. There is no cure for asthma. Your comfort and piece of mind depend on how well you learn to live with it.

Some individuals with "mild" asthma. They may be free of symptoms much of the time, with coughing and wheezing episodes once or twice a week. "Moderate" asthma involves attacks more than twice a week. Some very unfortunate patients have "severe" asthma, with daily bouts of coughing, wheezing, and trouble breathing. Any asthma sufferer exposed to a sufficiently powerful causative factor or combination of asthma "triggers" can experience a severe attack requiring emergency intervention.

Between 10 and 20 million people in North America are asthmatics and the percentage of people with asthma has been increasing in recent years. It is seen more often in children than adults. Boys are twice as likely as girls to get asthma between 3 and 8 years of age. Adolescents of both sexes are equally affected. It is a principal cause of kids missing school. Many outgrow it; some it returns later in life. Fortunately, children with asthma respond very well to chiropractic treatment.

Symptoms of Asthma

It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Wheezing on breathing out.
  • Coughing.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Tightness in the chest.
  • Itchiness in the chest and throat.

Causes of Asthma

Some causes of asthma include,  but are not limited to:

  • Dust and dust mites.
  • Pollen.
  • Grass.
  • Mold.
  • Tobacco smoke 
  • Animal dander
  • Feathers
  • Cockroaches and related insect
  • Chemicals and chemical fumes, including perfumes, room deodorizers, paint, adhesives, and cleaning products.
  • Outdoor air pollution (such as ozone and sulfur dioxide).
  • NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, indomethacin, and ibuprofen).
  • Sulfites (commonly used as a preservative for processed foods and beverages).
  • Some cooking odours.

Treatment of Asthma

Asthma can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Medication (consult a doctor).
  • Epinephrine shot (consult a doctor).
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Physiotherapy.

Preventing  Asthma

  • Avoid asthma triggers stated above.

If you suffer from asthma and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.