Chiropractic Care is one of the largest Regulated Healthcare Professions utilized in Ontario. Primarily focusing on the Musculoskeletal system, Chiropractic manipulation is a non-invasive, hands-on, evidence-informed physical treatment. With you, your Chiropractor will establish a thorough health history and perform an in-depth physical assessment to identify a diagnosis or primary cause for your condition. From there, they were propose, and execute a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan may include chiropractic manipulations, soft tissue treatment, homecare exercises, nutritional/dietary advice or lifestyle advice.
Chiropractic care works well independently to enhance health and wellbeing and as a complementary therapy with other forms of healthcare provision to support or relieve musculoskeletal issues associated with many conditions. Chiropractic care also works well to provide symptomatic relief of chronic conditions
Shock Wave Therapy
Do You Have Plantar Fasciitis? Achilles Tendonitis? Tennis Elbow? Golfer’s Elbow? Are You Dealing With Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis? Jumper’s Knee? Imagine what it would feel like if you didn’t have to deal with the pain anymore!
All of these problems and more can be relieved with shockwave therapy to allow you to once again enjoy life.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a treatment modality that has been extensively researched, and clinically shown to accelerate the body’s natural healing process. Shockwave therapy generates strong energy waves for short periods of time. The energy wave is conducted from the applicator to the desired tissue via the use of an acoustic wave generator (coupling gel). These energy pulses create bubbles (micro-cavitation) that expand and burst. The force generated by these cavitations penetrates tissue and stimulates cells responsible for blood vessel formation, bone and connective tissue healing. Shockwave therapy is the most effective in recalcitrant (unresponsive to treatment) pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones.
Shockwave therapy has been clinically shown to stimulate new blood vessel synthesis (neovascularization) by increasing the production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VGEF). New blood vessel synthesis enhances blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. Neovascularization as a result of shockwave therapy has also been clinically shown to stimulate the metabolism.
Studies have also demonstrated an increased production of endothelial NOS (eNOS) and bone morphogenic protein (BMP). eNOS causes the blood vessels to relax, which allows nutrients to diffuse into the surrounding tissue. BMP’s are important in bone and cartilage development.
There are numerous benefits from shockwave therapy, such as: non-surgical intervention accelerated healing, elimination pain, restoration of mobility and improved quality of life. Patients typically experience the benefits of shockwave therapy after only 1 or 2 treatments.
Literature has shown that shockwave therapy when combined with exercise has an 85% success rate for plantar fasciitis, 76% success rate for Achilles tendinopathy and a 75% success rate for the treatment of patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee). Other treatment uses for shockwave include:
Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Trigger Point Therapy
Non Healing Ulcers
Scar Tissue Treatment
(Adapted from Shockwave Canada)
Electrotherapy utilizes electrical currents to block painful stimuli travelling from the nerves in your muscles and skin to your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Electrotherapy is an umbrella term that incorporates several different integrative medicine treatments, such as: interferential current (IFC) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Electrotherapy can also be used to strengthen a muscle following an injury by increasing the neurological contraction of the muscle: electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). Having the ability to decrease a patient’s pain is vital in managing acute/chronic conditions, and reducing recovery time.
Electrotherapy is effective for a variety of conditions, including:
Cutaneous pain (skin)
Increased local blood flow
Nerve pain (sciatica)
Muscle stimulation – prevent muscle wastage, re-education, maintain range of motion
Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (Graston) is a technique that enables a clinician to effectively detect and treat scar tissue, as well as fascial restrictions that interfere with normal function. Microscopic evaluation of connective tissue shows that collagen fibers of normal ligaments and tendons are oriented in a parallel manner. When ligaments and tendons are injured, fibroblasts secrete polarized collagen molecules that orient themselves in a haphazard manner. Overtime this build-up of haphazard collagen molecules can form scar tissue resulting in decreased range of motion and an increase in pain. Instrument assisted soft tissue therapy is an effective means of re-arranging scar tissue allowing the patient to performing at their optimal level. Instrument-assisted soft tissue has been shown to:
Detect and break down collagen cross-links
Stretch connective tissue and muscle fibers
Increase the temperature of the skin
Assists in reflex changes in chronic muscle holding patterns
Increase blood flow rate and volume to and from a desired treatment area
Increase the cellular activity fibroblasts and mast cells
Increase the histamine response in response to mast cell activity
(Adapted from grastontechnique.com)
Orthotic Services and Products
Plantar fasciitis? Knee pain? Achilles Tendonitis? Bunions? Shin Splints? Imagine what it would feel like if you didn’t have to deal with the pain anymore!
All of these problems and more can be relieved with Orthotics to improve your quality of life.
Your feet and ankles make up the foundation of your musculoskeletal system, and transfer ground reaction forces to your knees, hips and low back. Improper joint alignment, altered joint range of motion, ligament laxity and overuse injuries can lead to an improper transfer of forces causing pain and dysfunction.
At Green Base Health, every patient is provided with a biomechanical analysis of foot, ankle and knee joint alignment. This information is combined with data from a force plate sensor which detects minuet changes of foot pressure during static balance and dynamic gait (walking). This information is combined with a foam cast of your feet to create custom built orthotics made in a state of the art laboratory, with individual modifications based your needs.
Research has shown orthotics to be effective for a number of musculoskeletal conditions, including:
Iliotibial band syndrome
Recurrent ankle sprains
(Adapted from Footmaxx)
If you are looking for guidance with mood, anxiety, fears, depression, relationships, or trauma, it takes courage to ask for help. Making an appointment for therapy can be the first step toward achieving wellness.
The good news is, asking for help gets easier with a little practice. The ways in which we cope in the world is greatly influenced by how we see the world. The more support you gain, the better equipped you will be in managing your health and wellness.
Green Base Health is a space that aims at supporting mental health. In fact, research suggests that green is a colour that promotes mental health and wellness in an individual.
Psychotherapy can be an effective tool in providing you with the necessary support and training to overcome the challenges you face. By seeking therapy, you are taking responsibility and action to change what no longer works in your life. Psychotherapy has been empirically validated through many research studies as an effective form of treating and managing mental health.
As experienced clinical social workers, it our honor to assist you in exploring your core issues and move toward a healthy, fulfilling life.
**Please note that if you are feeling unsafe, having thoughts of self harm or harm to others or are in immediate crisis, please call the Here24/7 Hotline at 1-844-437-3247 in the Kitchener, Waterloo or Guelph region. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including, muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday, occupational and athletic stresses, muscular over-use and many physical conditions. Massage Therapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a variety of patients in the treatment of discomfort, illness, injury, rehabilitation and disability
Cupping Massage, in the Traditional Chinese Medicine realm, is used to remove stagnation and stimulate flow of Qi (chi), it is believed that disruptions of this Qi lead to and create blockages and imbalances in the body. From a more modern position on the matter, Cupping Massage has be proven to relieve physiological restrictions in the body as well as reduce myofascial pain and promote relaxation.
Dry cupping involves adhering the cups on the skin with the use of suction. The skin and soft tissue beneath the cup are drawn upward into the cup. Results of this technique are increased blood flow to the area as well as a loosening of the myofascial tissue, with similar results to that of a deep tissue massage.
Some conditions that cupping can help with are back pain, muscle pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression, soft tissue limitations and flexibility, decreased range of motion, and much more.
Naturopathic medicine is a unique primary healthcare system that uses scientific medical knowledge along with natural forms of therapies and medicines to diagnosis, treat, and prevent disease. The purpose of Naturopathic medicine is to stimulate the innate healing power of the body and address the root cause of illness. Our main focus of the therapies is on the promotion of wellness and prevention of illness or disease. We believe each individual is unique and therefore each treatment plan should be tailored to that patient and his/her specific health concerns. The treatments address both acute and chronic conditions however most treatment plans are long-term and life-long as preventative medicine and healthy lifestyle is emphasized. Naturopathic medicine treats many health concerns both acute and chronic, physical and psychological and it can be incorporated in EVERY person’s healthcare plan
Reiki is a Japanese energy technique administered by a trained practitioner. With the placement of their hands on different areas of the body, they have ability to aid in stress reduction and improve relaxation as well as promote your body’s own ability to heal and recover. Reiki is a safe and natural method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. Reiki can be used on its own to promote wellbeing and relaxation or in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques.
During an Access Bars session, a trained practitioner lightly touches 32 points on your head which dissipates the electromagnetic charge that gets “locked” in our brains by the thoughts, beliefs, and emotions that we have kept over our lifetime. Similar to other energetic modalities, Access Bars is a great way to clear your mind of unhelpful thought patterns and can induce a deep relaxation and promote your body’s own ability to correct imbalances and self-healing.