1-555 Richmond Street Chatham, ON
Phone 519-352-4180

Our Services

Dr. Merritt utilize a variety of modalities to help treat their patients. These treatments modalities can help strengthen, relax, and heal muscles. Below are a few of the treatment modalities we use daily to our rehab practice.

Orthotic:

Your health care practitioner can prescribe custom orthotics to help correct your specific foot and body imbalance. You can help your health care practitioner by discussing any nagging foot, leg, or back problems, and even by simply asking if your feet could be part of the problem. Learn More

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture applies the evidence-based concepts of acupuncture to relieve pain, alter movement patterns and improve performance. It is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which acupuncture needles are inserted into automatically defined neurofunctional sites and stimulated manually or with electricity for therapeutic purposes of modulating pain and other dysfunctions. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to put the body’s natural mechanisms of healing into action. Scientifically proven benefits of acupuncture include: pain relief, inflammation reduction, improved blood flow, stress reduction, improved nerve conduction, improved range of motion, addiction control, as well as improved organ function. Acupuncture is a very safe and effective method of treatment and most patients feel very minimal to no discomfort as the needles are inserted. Dr. Jones has completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program, which focuses on the science and neurofunctional based application of acupuncture. She selects needle insertion points based on her extensive knowledge of neuromuscular anatomy. Needles are inserted to alter nerve flow and muscle tone, and therefore medical acupuncture is often utilized as a component of treatment plans for a variety of conditions. Acupuncture can help with: • Headaches • Neck & Back pain • Muscle Pain or Strains • Stress and Tension Syndromes • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Golfer’s/ Tennis Elbow

Hot Packs:

Dr. Merritt & Dr. Jones may wrap moist hot packs in several layers of towels and place them on the area that needs treatment. The heat provided by the hot packs has several important benefits. It relaxes tight muscles causing tissues to relax. This decreases pain caused by muscle tension or spasms. It also causes vasodilatation of the blood vessels which increases circulation to the area. Patients with muscle strains, spasms, or arthritis often benefit from treatment with moist hot packs.

Cold Packs:

Cold packs are a frozen gel substance used by chiropractors to treat areas of pain and inflammation. The cold packs are wrapped in wet towel and applied directly to the area in need of treatment. The cold transferred to the patient’s skin, muscle, and tissue has several beneficial effects. The cold temperature causes vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the area. This decreases the inflammation in the area. By decreasing inflammation, pain and swelling are decreased.

Ultrasound:

Ultrasound machines are a treatment modality used by the clinician that utilize high or low frequency sound waves. These sound waves are transmitted to the surrounding tissue and vasculature. They penetrate the muscles to cause deep tissue/muscle warming. This promotes tissue relaxation and therefore is useful in treating muscle tightness and spasms. The warming effect of the sound waves also cause vessel vasodilatation and increase circulation to the area that assists in healing. The practitioner can also adjust the frequency on the machine to use waves that will decrease inflammation.

TENS:

A TENS unit stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It is a small battery operated machine that uses electrical transmission to decrease pain. Electrodes are applied to the affected area by the practitioner. The machine is turned on and an electrical current is sent through the electrodes. A tingling sensation is felt in the underlying skin and muscle. This signal disrupts the pain signal that is being sent from the affected area to the surrounding nerves. By breaking this signal, the patient experiences less pain.

Electrical Stimulation:

Electrical stimulation uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. By placing electrodes to the affected area the clinician can recruit the appropriate muscle fibers. Contracting the muscle via electrical stimulation helps strengthen the affected muscle. The clinician can change the current setting to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the contraction of the muscle also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing.

Interferential Therapy:

Interferential Therapy Uses a mid-frequency electrical signal to treat muscular spasms and strains. The current produces a massaging effect over the affected area at periodic intervals, and this stimulates the secretion of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers, thus relaxing strained muscles and promoting soft-tissue healing. Its use is contraindicated if the affected area has wounds, cuts or infections. Interferential therapy is a method of producing low frequency alternating currents selectively at any tissue depth, without the problem of skin resistance Used in Chiro-rehab to:
  • Relieve pain
  • Stimulate muscles
  • Increase local blood flow
  • Reduce edema

Short wave diathermy therapy:

Shortwave therapy Shortwave therapy Short Wave diathermy current is a high frequency alternating current used in Chiro-rehab. The heat energy obtained from the wave is used for giving relief to the patient. The application of short wave creates an exogenous temperature (from outside to inside), which penetrates deep .This Chiro-rehab treatment is done through special electrodes placed in:
  1. Cross application
  2. Long application
  3. Parallel application
Results include:
  • increase blood circulation (vasodilatation)
  • increase lymphatic circulation
  • elimination of the products of metabolism and reduction of inflammation
  • rapid healing of wounds
  • direct inhibitory effect on sensory nerve fibers and thus pain reduction
  • absorption of edema
  • dynamic activation of the peripheral circulation
Recommended for
  1. Inflammation of shoulder joint
  2. Inflammation of Elbow Joint (Tennis Elbow)
  3. Degeneration of joints of neck (Cervical Spondylosis)
  4. Degeneration of joints like knee and hip (Osteoarthritis)
  5. Ligament Sprains in knee joint
  6. Low Back Ache
  7. Plantar fascitis (Heel Pain)
  8. Sinusitis

Workers Compensation:

Chiro/rehab care for the treatment of work related injuries has a high rate of patient satisfaction, been shown to be more cost effective and gets the patient back to full work duties at a faster rate. It is very important that care gets started as soon as possible. We will work to diagnose and treat your injury and return you to full function as soon as possible. Many people think that chiropractic can only treat conditions related to the spine. Although this is the primary focus, our training is very comprehensive and prepares us to treat injuries to other joints in the body including shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, wrists and even hands and feet. The most important thing about an injury is to get treatment started as soon as possible before inflammation increases and does more damage. Scar tissue starts to form within 72 hours of an injury and lessening the inflammation and beginning the process of restoring proper function can decrease the recovery time and lessen the chances of long term effects. If you have had a work injury, don’t delay.

Car Accident:

Being in a car accident is a very difficult situation on a number of levels. Your pain is sometimes secondary to the aftermath of having your car at the repair shop as well as the stress of dealing with your insurance and potentially missing work. If you have any symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, headaches or difficulty sleeping you should definitely seek an evaluation. It is common for several days after an accident for the pain to increase as inflammation from the injury builds up over the next 48 to 72 hours and the adrenalin effect wears off. After that, scar tissue starts to form and the injuries tend to be more difficult to treat as time goes on. That is why the sooner that treatment is started, the better.

Spinal & Sports Injuries:

Dr. Merritt & Dr. Jones are experienced Chiro/Rehab Specialists who can assess and tailor a rehabilitation program to help you get back to a healthy lifestyle. Essentially, rehabilitation means a personalized program that will aid a person recovering from a physical complaint, illness or injury to regain as much function as possible. Exercises and stretches that are applicable to each individual patient will be discussed, demonstrated and managed as the aim to overcome or improve the specific injury or complaint is achieved.

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