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Getting Relief from Tendonitis – Treatment Options and Cold Laser Therapy

Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon in the body can cause swelling and pain in the affected area.

Common forms of tendonitis include Achilles tendonitis and Tennis elbow.

Tendonitis can affect any part of the body where a tendon is located. The most common areas of the body are:

  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Heel
  • Base of thumb

Tendonitis is most often caused by physical movements, such as in sports or working out, as well as overuse such as standing for prolonged periods of time.

What are Tendons?

Tendons are the rubbery cords that connect your muscles to bones. They’re responsible for bones and joints moving as muscles contract to move, lift, run etc.

Tendons have an important job, and when they’re swollen or inflamed it can drastically interfere with our regular everyday lives.

Symptoms of most tendonitis are

  • Pain that worsens with movement
  • Swelling, heat and even redness at the location of the injury
  • A lump that may form along the tendon

What can you do to treat tendonitis?

Resting is key. You can’t continue to do the same activity which caused the acute injury. Taking time away from the activity will ensure you do not further aggravate the issue.

Icing

If there is swelling or redness using an ice pack can reduce swelling and pain. Be sure not to apply an ice pack direct to the skin. Instead, wrap it in a cloth to avoid cold burn on your skin.

Painkillers and Steroids

Steroids have been used to reduce swelling and inflammation, however, they do not repair the damage. Likewise, painkillers can be used to provide relief from the physical symptoms, but will not heal the tendon.

Low-Level Cold Laser Therapy

Low-level laser therapy doesn’t work to just reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Cold laser therapy actually works at the cellular level to accelerate healing and regenerates tissues to aid in healing tendonitis.

We use the Bioflex laser device, which is approved by Health Canada and has had numerous studies completed on its effectiveness to reduce pain, inflammation and stimulate healing.

While there are more invasive procedures, such a surgery, they have a far longer recovery time.

Specific Exercises & Stretches

Reducing inflammation and swelling is the first step for tendonitis recovery. Once that has occurred light stretching and specific exercises for the affected area can be introduced.

Book a Cold Laser Consultation Today

If you’re suffering from Tendonitis, schedule a consultation with us to discuss how cold laser therapy can provide relief for you. Call (902) 445-9345 today.

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Low Level Laser Therapy in Halifax NS

Low Level Laser Therapy for Pain and Inflammation in Halifax

Low level laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, is one of the best pain reducing options we have at our clinic. In many cases, patients have been able to avoid surgical intervention and reduce the need for pharmaceuticals to relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation.

Laser therapy has been clinically proven to treat a wide range of conditions from arthritis to spine and neck pain and everything in between.

This article will explore the most frequent questions we get from patients at the clinic.

What is Low Level Laser Therapy

Low level laser therapy, also sometimes called cold laser therapy, is a treatment regimen where a laser is applied to the affected area of your body to stimulate cell grown, reduce inflammation and swelling, which in turn accelerates healing and reduces pain.

At Glenbourne Chiropractic Clinic in Halifax, we have a Bioflex low level laser therapy device. This device is widely accepted as the leading technology available for pain relief and healing through laser thanks to clinical studies that have been conducted using the device.

What Can be Treated with Low Level Laser?

Low level laser therapy can treat a wide range of ailments from carpal tunnel syndrome to arthritis.

Conditions which cause swelling and inflammation are the best help with low level laser therapy.

A few conditions we have successfully treated at our clinic are:

  • Tendonitis (in all parts of the body)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Post knee replacement
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve pain
  • TMJ and Frozen Shoulder

Does Laser Therapy Hurt?

No, there is no heat generated from the laser nor does it cut the skin as a high-intensity laser may. Visits can run from 15-60 minutes with the majority being 30 minutes long.

There are no serious side effects from low-level laser therapy. In fact, in some cases patients are able to avoid more invasive treatments, such as surgery, after a full course of laser therapy is completed.

How Long Before Results Happen?

One session of laser therapy is generally not going make a drastic change to your condition. Like chiropractic, low-level laser therapy is meant to be carried out several times to achieve the optimal results.

While each patient is different, a rule of thumb is 6-12 treatments are carried out by our laser therapist.

How can I give it a try?

One of the chiropractors would do the consultation, not Jennie. Laser is covered by insurance under the chiropractic category so they must see the chiropractor first for diagnosis and treatment plan.

To schedule our next available appointment give our clinic a call at (902) 445-9335 or submit the form on this page we will confirm your appointment within one business day.

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The Dangers of Poor Posture Beyond Back & Neck Pain

The consequences of poor posture are numerous, and while some of the dangers are widely understood, others are less obvious. Most people know that good posture creates a more confident and professional appearance, yet fail to understand the health implications of sitting and slouching.

Spinal Curvature, Pain, and Chronic Illness

Sitting for extended periods of time in unnatural positions leads to changes in the natural curvature of the spine that may, in turn, cause additional health issues. Poor posture can cause debilitating pain in the neck, shoulders, back, jaw, and head. This can lead to chronic illnesses affecting the bones, nerves, and joints. These include carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and disc degeneration.

Balance, Coordination, and Stress

The spine is the backbone of the skeleton, and, as such, improper posture interferes with balance, coordination, and the ability to absorb shock and stress. It is possible to avoid these problems by sitting up straight with the feet flat on the floor and the legs at a slight angle. Avoid looking up or too far down at electronics such as computers, which contributes to poor posture. In the video below Dr. Jason Fox gives tips on proper posture while sitting.

 

Cardiovascular Disease and Varicose Veins

Dr. Jason Fox asserts that cardiovascular health problems are associated with sitting for extended periods of time, and, further, that the risk is magnified by poor posture. This is the reason that “sitting and slouching” is likened to smoking and replacing it as a leading cause of heart disease. Varicose veins are one consequence of this practice, given they form due to a loss of elasticity commonly associated with a sedentary lifestyle. This can be countered by getting up to move around and stretch every 30-60 minutes if you work at a desk all day.

Digestive Problems

Bad posture can affect digestion, because the spine may compress the digestive organs to the extent that they are unable to absorb nutrients effectively. This results in slowed metabolism and leads to nutritional deficiencies that range from minor to severe. Over time, these metabolic problems lower immunity and vitality and contribute to the development of secondary conditions.

The Lungs and Respiratory Issues

Another problem that can arise is diminished lung capacity. Improper posture can affect the oxygenation of the blood and tissues, which interferes with the functioning of the heart, brain, and other vital organs. Ultimately, this leads to fatigue, lethargy, clouded thinking, dyspnea, and cardiovascular distress.

We aren’t saying that “if you have poor posture, all of these conditions will happen to you”. Rather we want to bring to your attention that poor posture affects far more than just back, neck and shoulder pain.

Take 5 minutes to watch the video above of Dr. Jason Fox discussing proper posture while standing and sitting. The first step to improving your posture is keeping it top of mind so that you catch yourself when slouching and can correct it.

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