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When Should I See A Chiropractor?

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Sometimes, the answer is obvious. It’s easy to know that you need help when you have pain that is a 10/10. If you can’t put on your own socks without help or can’t stand up without discomfort, it’s probably time to book an appointment.

During acute episodes, it’s not usually a case of should I book an appointment but how soon can I get in?! Other times, it can be harder to judge. It’s pretty tough to ignore sharp, shooting pain that doesn’t go away – but stiff, achy pain can get pushed to the side.For people recovering from injury or dealing with more chronic complaints, the warning signs can be more subtle in nature and can be missed because their pain is not “as bad.”

If you suffered an acute injury in the past, you may wonder if the pain you’re having now is just a one-time thing or the return of something worse. So how do you know if you should get checked out? If you suffer a new injury, the sooner you get in, the better.

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For pain that is not associated with a trauma or injury, you’ll typically want to get it checked if it lasts more than two days. It helps to consider function. If you find that aches and pains are keeping you from sleeping well, or from sitting or walking, or participating in activities you enjoy, it is a good idea to have it looked at. For athletes, they may come in with the goal of enhancing their performance, rather than for a specific complaint.

The bottom line: Do not wait if your pain is getting worse, not better. If you are experiencing numbness or tingling or pain that travels into your legs or arms, don’t ignore it.

Other symptoms such as chest pain or dizziness need to be evaluated immediately.

Why Treat Your Car Better Than Your Body?

When your check engine light comes on, you don’t just ignore it – it’s pretty widely accepted that waiting until your car quits on the highway is not recommended.

Our bodies aren’t any different. Actually, we should take even better care of our bodies because it’s much harder to find a replacement.

It is much easier to get a quick tune-up every now and then when things aren’t functioning properly (it’s also a lot cheaper!) Don’t wait until your “engine” needs an overhaul.

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It’s a myth that once you see a chiropractor, you have to keep going. And not everyone wants maintenance care when things are going well. But there is also middle ground between crisis care and wellness type adjustments. Minor problems can lead to big changes and it’s much more comfortable and quicker to catch small changes before they progress. Regardless of the type of program you choose, one of the benefits of manual therapy is that you become aware of your own body – many people start to know when things aren’t right or when they are due for a treatment. You may feel like something is “off,” tight or unbalanced. Achy pain that isn’t going away, limited movement or “twinges” of pain that keep happening are your warning signs that something isn’t right.

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The Big Question: Heat or Ice?

The Big Question: Heat or Ice?

We all know what our favourite answer here is. I mean, who wouldn’t prefer grabbing a warm, soothing heating pad and snuggling up instead of that oh, so cold ice pack? (Especially when it’s still snowing in April!) But it turns out that the ever popular “no pain, no gain” may also be true in this situation. So before you rule out reaching into the freezer, you may want to read on.

Cryotherapy is the use of ice to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin. We recommend the use of ice to help manage acute injuries or recent flare-ups of chronic conditions. Ice can be used multiple times a day as long as you follow a “10-minutes on/10-minutes off” pattern. Icing an injury can help to reduce swelling and inflammation, can decrease pain by numbing the area, and may also help to relieve muscle spasms.

And what about heat you might ask? Heat applied to the skin causes blood vessels to enlarge below the surface, which can help the tissues to relax. It may also help to relieve painful symptoms temporarily. Although this doesn’t sound so bad, and most days should be okay, this increase in circulation isn’t always beneficial in acute situations.

So to avoid risking an increase in pain and stiffness, it’s best to follow this simple rule: when in doubt, use ice. Ice may not feel as good at the time, and certainly won’t be as “soothing” as a nice heat pack but your body will thank you later. For athletes who are looking to enhance their performance, the rules get a little more complicated when it comes to heat but for everyday use, this is the best practice.

If you have a new injury and see it starting to bruise or swell, or think you’re having a flare-up of an old injury, grab an icepack! For days when you’re having regular muscle stiffness or tightness or want to warm up your muscles before a massage or chiropractic treatment, using heat should be just fine.

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