Why would you see a chiropractor?

Some of the common conditions people see a chiropractor for include:

  • conditions of the spine and extremities (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nervous system)
  • back pain (thoracic, lumbar and sacral)
  • neck pain (cervical spine and related structures)
  • headaches and migraines
  • chronic and acute pain syndromes, including myofascial pain syndromes
  • whiplash and auto accident injuries (see our MVA information)
  • strains and sprains
  • repetitive strain injuries/joint conditions, including shoulder, hip and knee
  • arthritis
  • work or sports injuries (see our WCB information)
  • anterior chest wall
  • gait assessment and analysis
  • general health and well being
  • nutrition, therapeutic exercise, lifestyle and ergonomic counselling and recommendations


WHY WOULD YOU SEE An ims therapist?

What is IMS?

IMS was developed as a remedy for chronic muscle pain and tension that results from muscles held in a consistently tight/shortened state. As the name suggests, IMS involves stimulating the affected muscles. Sterilized needles (similar to acupuncture needles) are inserted into the muscle, which encourages blood flow to the muscle and stimulates healing.

The longer a muscle has been tight, the lower the circulation and healthy tissue levels will be in that area. IMS treatment will stimulate fresh blood cells to the area and create a healthy inflammatory response to carry away any excess toxins in the affected muscle tissues. 

This therapy helps relieve chronic pain in conditions such as:

  • headaches, 
  • whiplash,
  • backache, 
  • tennis elbow, 
  • frozen shoulder.



How does ART work?

Active Release Techniques®

ART is effective for the treatment of pain and weakness. People also seek help when their body just doesn’t feel that it’s working as it should. They have that vague feeling that they are not be able to do their activities as well as they feel they should.

In the first session patients will fill out a medical history, including any previous diagnoses they have to identify pre-existing conditions which could interfere with this highly specific form of soft tissue work. This is followed by an interview during which there will be clarification of the medical history, as well as any follow up questions to identify areas of focus for functional testing.

After the interview, and during subsequent sessions, the functional testing will check the range of motion (ROM) and balance of the body.

And finally… treatment, using this unique and highly effective soft tissue modality. 

This is followed by another round of functional testing to verify the effects. And the cycle repeats.

Subsequent sessions start with a short interview to determine what has changed, then testing, and treatment as required.

Sessions last 30 minutes and can be quite strenuous, so it is advised that you wear, or bring, comfortable clothing. (Sweatpants and t-shirts are advised.)



Additional Information

Deep tissue massage involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. It helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and to reduce muscle tension. It can also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.