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A “subluxation” is a misalignment of a vertebra.  The vertebrae make up the bony structure of the spine enclosing and protecting the spinal cord.  These misalignments can irritate and in some cases actually put pressure on the nerves that exit the spinal cord on their way to the various tissues of the body.  Left unchecked, subluxations may lead to pain, loss of function and even illness.

No. Dr. Brennan evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care.  The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is tailored to meet their specific needs and goals.  Dr. Brennan’s training in many different techniques provides many ways to receive effective adjustments.

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment.  This type of joint manipulation may be counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes result in aggravating your problem. The “popping” or “cracking” sound is actually just the release of gases from the joint fluid.  Some styles of adjustments can be made without this sound, although often this sound does accompany certain adjustments.

Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health professionals in every province in Canada.  This means that patients can consult them directly.  However, Dr. Brennan often refers to and works closely with medical doctors and other health care professionals.  Dr. Brennan wants to be part of your health team to help you achieve your health goals.

Since stress can be put on the spine during the birthing process, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Since 65% of a person’s neurological development occurs in the first year of life, many parents want to have their baby’s nervous system functioning at its best. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Very light pressure is used. Dr. Brennan always demonstrates this pressure to parents so they are comfortable with the treatment for their children. Chiropractic care has been known to have some success with children who have colic, constipation, ear infections, reflux and poor sleeping habits.

STEP 1

Make sure that you tell someone (your coach, parent, teacher etc.) so that you are not left alone. Remove yourself from sport, class, and/or work until a Medical Physician can properly assess you. Complete rest is the best treatment during the initial hours of the injury.

STEP 2

Schedule an appointment to see a Medical Physician as soon as possible. It is not usually necessary to visit the emergency room unless your symptoms are severe and/or rapidly worsening. It is not usually necessary to have someone wake you in the night – get a good night’s sleep, and nap when you need to. Limit use of your phone, television, and computer – try to rest both your body and your brain.

STEP 3

Undergo proper medical evaluation by a Physician. This does not typically include CT or MRI unless more severe injury is suspected or needs to be ruled out.

STEP 4

Visit Dr. Brennan for further assessment. If you have previously undergone baseline testing, repeat testing will demonstrate any areas that may be impaired due to the injury and will help guide management recommendations. If you have not previously undergone baseline testing, an assessment will still be of value as concussion management recommendations can still implemented and computer based testing will give a point to measure any objective improvements.

STEP 5

Follow any management recommendations given to you by your Physician and Dr. Brennan. These may include manual therapy (eg. for associated neck pain), specific rest strategies and home recommendations, modified school and/or work requirements, specialized rehabilitative techniques (eg. vision therapy), and other recovery strategies.

STEP 6

Follow-up with the Health Professionals involved in your care so that your recovery is properly monitored. If you have questions – ask! Knowledge of your injury will aid in your recovery.

Our bodies can internalize our experiences and hold on to them as tension in the body. Tension patterns usually develop from trauma emotional or physical or from postural holding patterns which could also be emotionally triggered. These are usually unconscious ways of our body trying to protect us from pain or repetitive movement patterns learned early in life.
Myofascial tissue or fascia is a tissue that connects our bodies head to toe. It encloses every cell, wraps every muscle and suspends every organ in the body. It is what gives us shape. It also acts as a communication system within the body, sending signals from one area to another. It responds to stress, trauma and psychological changes within the body. It can be stiff for example with impact or it can be viscose when in a relaxed fluid state.
Myofascial release is a relatively new concept in the world of massage therapy. Only in the last couple decades have we begun to understand and work with the fascial system of the body. Understanding fascia helps us to understand the interconnectedness of our different body parts. For example, treating the fascia of the feet and legs may help relieve headaches and tension in the jaw and face. Fascial release may also help create space for muscles to grow and develop strength. Muscles that are restricted by tight fascia or scar tissue cannot function optimally, and may cause pain or decreased range of motion.
Due to its full body effects, myofascial release can release chronic tight spots, and improve body alignment and posture. Chronic and on-going pain may be relieved by multiple sessions with myofascial release, since it addresses the body as a whole and seeks to uncover the cause of pain and tightness. Other benefits include increased circulation, lymphatic flow, and greater ease of overall body movement.

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