Services offered at Shoreline Chiropractic
Below, is a brief summary of some of the Toronto health and wellness services we provide.
We carefully and effectively perform chiropractic adjustments in order to treat a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions. To do so, Dr. Canning will place his hands on the target areas and proceed to mobilize the joints. Upon applying a brisk, short movement, an audible release may ensue. These chiropractic manipulations have been proven to reduce muscle spasms, relieve pain, restore optimal joint function, and increase range of motion and joint mobility. https://chiropractic.on.ca/
We help our patients perform specific exercises and/or stretches and then provide them with an exercise regime that they can implement at home. Each exercise regime is specially tailored to the unique body type and condition of our patients. The purpose of these exercises is to train or retrain the body to perform in an optimal fashion: free of pain and limited mobility. To do so, we begin by performing stretches and exercises that relieve pain, followed by exercises that are geared towards improving functionality and preventing pain and strain relapses.
We use a proprietary and patented tape to reduce swelling and treat muscular disorders. Kinesio tape is applied on and around one’s muscles to provide support and prevent over-contraction. This method allows the patient to have a full range of motion, allowing them to participate in physical activities without further assistance. The Kinesio taping method also serves to provide facilitation of lymph flow throughout the day. http://kinesiotape.ca/
Distraction Technique involves gently stretching the spinal joints to decompress the lower spine. The process consists of repetitive slow movements, instead of dynamic trusts, and has proven effective against lumbar stenosis, disc problems, and facet syndrome. https://www.coxtechnic.com/
Active Release Technique
We use ART to treat soft tissue, scar tissue, and repetitive strain injuries, as well as peripheral nerve entrapments (i.e., TMJ Syndrome, Elbow Tendonitis, Rotator Cuff Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). http://www.activerelease.com/
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) ESWT is an advanced treatment that uses acoustic shockwaves to break up soft tissue calcifications, enhance collagen synthesis, release growth factors, and stimulate your body’s healing process to improve pain and help you stay active.
This therapy enhances blood circulation and accelerates the healing of stubborn musculoskeletal conditions in bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscle.
Depending on the injury, patients can avoid invasive treatments such as steroid injections or surgery. ESWT requires no incisions or downtime. Most patients see long-term results after only three treatments, which take about 15 minutes each.
Using ESWT can help heal injuries such as:
- Achilles tendinopathy
- “Bursitis” or tendinopathy in the hip
- Stress fracture
- Fracture nonunion – a broken bone that hasn’t healed
- Frozen shoulder
- Osteoarthritis in the knees, hips, or shoulders
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Strained calves and hamstrings
- Tendonitis in the foot, ankle, hip, or shoulder
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
Along with restricting sports and work function, these injuries can limit daily activities such as doing housework, driving, climbing stairs, and even just sitting or standing.
ESWT has undergone extensive clinical studies and is approved by the Canadian Health Agency. For most patients, it has virtually no side effects or risks. If traditional treatments haven’t cured your injury, ESWT may be a nonsurgical option to get you back to the activities you love with essentially no downtime from work or sports.
How ESWT works
Initial clinical application of ESWT technology was lithotripsy, a procedure that has been used since the 1980s to break apart kidney stones.
Research has also shown that pressure waves from ESWT can deliver a mechanical force to body tissues, promoting healing by stimulating blood flow and metabolism. Increased blood flow can be especially beneficial in tendons, which do not get much blood supply and heal slowly. Shockwaves can mimic the forces experienced during trauma and promote regrowth and healing of tissue and bone.
Along with helping to avoid surgery and treating conditions surgery can’t fix, ESWT also can help patients 18 and older avoid repeated steroid injections, which we can cause increased breakdown of the tissue long term.
Whether ESWT hurts and how much varies from person to person. Most patients describe it as a little uncomfortable but not really painful. Where on the body we are treating you also matters – body parts with less skin and muscle, such as over the hip bone, can be more sensitive than meatier areas such as the calves.
When you come in for ESWT, wear garments that allow access to the treatment area. We will position you so that we can get to the problem area and keep you comfortable, and then apply a water-based gel to your skin. We will move the handheld applicator over the area while it releases pressure waves, slowly increasing the pulses until we reach your therapeutic level.
Most patients feel results right away and need only two or three treatments over six to 12 weeks for complete healing and lasting symptom resolution. The beauty of ESWT is that if it is going to work, it likely will start working immediately after the first treatment. So, if you don’t start seeing results right away, we can investigate other potential causes of your symptoms.
Shoreline Chiropractic Clinic uses NISA, Swedish massage, Craniosacral therapy and other message techniques to reduce heart rate, improve range of motion, relieve pain, relax muscles, reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote strained ligament and muscle healing. Treatments can be booked for 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour sessions. https://www.rmtao.com/
As an active prospective of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners and an elite level Rugby-therapist, Chris has a unique understanding of both the minds and bodies of elite level athletes, and regularly provides treatment to members of several professional sports teams and Olympic athletes.
Chris uses various manual assessment and treatment techniques and to help people of all ages regain normal functioning bodies.