Why Choose Toronto Chiropractor Dr. Katie Au?
Our top-rated Yonge and Eglinton Toronto Chiropractor is an expert in diagnosing and treating conditions of the neuromusculoskeletal system for all areas of the body. This includes acute care and wellness check-ups for the neurological, muscular and skeletal systems of the body, working on injured muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and joints for people of all ages and athletic abilities.
Dr. Katie and the team at Lawrence Park Health Clinic are different from your traditional chiropractors – they understand the importance of treating the body functionally and as a whole, ensuring they examine your whole kinetic chain, not just the area that appears to be causing the discomfort. With rehab-based practices that focus on correcting problematic motor patterns, Dr. Katie and her team believe in providing evidence-informed care tailored specifically to each individual’s unique needs.
With our experienced Toronto chiropractors, you can expect open communication and an honest and direct approach to your health. Patient education, preventative stretching / strengthening exercises, hands-on manual therapy, physical rehabilitation, nutrition and ergonomic advice are key elements of these Toronto chiropractors’ practices as they work with you to exceed your health and fitness goals. When an adjustment may be required, Dr. Katie, Dr. Allie and Dr. Elysse offer both traditional manual adjustments and gentle non-rotary adjustments – safe even for pregnant moms, babies & seniors! If you wish not to be adjusted, not to worry, we completely respect your preferences and will offer other very effective alternatives!
What is Chiropractic?
One of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, conservative hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles, tendons, joints, bones).
Chiropractors use a drug-free, manual approach to healthcare, utilizing biomechanical and orthopaedic assessments to formulate a specific diagnosis and provide treatment as well as preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, extremities, nervous system and joints.
Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, which are selected based on the specific needs of each individual patient. After taking a thorough history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment / management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise, stretching and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary, ergonomic and lifestyle counseling.
For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. According to patient surveys, treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.
Types of Physical Therapy Treatments Offered by Dr. Katie:
Prehabiliation (“pre-hab”) refers to rehabilitation that is preventative. Pre-hab is a form of strength training that aims to prevent injuries before they actually take place. This is important not only for both injury avoidance and maintaining fitness and athletic performance in general, but also for individuals awaiting surgical procedures and even for mothers about to give birth! The intention with pre-hab is to prepare the body to withstand increased physical stress, by strengthening muscles, ensuring proper range of motion, correct motor firing patterns, proprioception (balance), ensuring optimal blood flow and good tissue health. Prehabilitation has been shown to significantly improve end outcomes by reducing recovery time, lessening pain and preventing complications. With orthopaedic surgery, prehabiliation is particularly important in inactive individuals who are undergoing knee or hip replacements.
Performed following injury or as part of treatment for a given condition, rehabilitation involves restoring normal joint range of motion, motor re-programming, strengthening and stretching, and is integral in reducing pain, returning tissues to their pre-injury state, and preventing re-injury in the future. Rehabilitation is important not only post-surgically and after traumatic injuries that have resulted in fractures, sprains, or strains, but also with minor injuries, aches and pains.
>Soft Tissue Therapy / Myofascial Release
Hands-on manual therapy is absolutely imperative in the treatment of muscles and/or other structures that are injured in acute trauma or chronic / repetitive strain. Injured muscles develop scar tissue around the fibres that bind them together. This scar tissue causes reduced mobility, pain, and inflammation, which can lead to improper muscle function, hindered healing and chronic problems. Soft tissue therapy helps to break down the scar tissue and helps muscles return to normal structure and function properly again. At our clinic, soft tissue therapy is offered in the forms of basic myofasical release (massage specific to the injured muscle), Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, and Cupping Therapy.
>Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Acupuncture is offered here at Lawrence Park Health, in the form of contemporary medical acupuncture, dry needling, intramuscular stimulation (IMS) or electro-acupuncture. Acupuncture helps to promote natural healing from within the body itself. Through a process called neuromodulation, acupuncture is utilized for pain management, accelerated healing and the restoration of healthy nerve and muscle function. Other effects of acupuncture include: reducing inflammation, promoting healthy circulation, reducing / eliminating headaches and migraines, promoting a sense of relaxation (especially helpful for those with sleep disorders, depression, anxiety) and maintaining optimal health and wellness.
>Joint Mobilization and Manipulation
When indicated, joint mobilizations and/or manipulation can be extremely helpful in the treatment of mechanical pain and restoring normal range of motion, particularly in the neck & back, hips, ankles, and other joints of the body. Joint mobilizations / manipulation at our Yonge Eglinton chiropractic clinic is different from your typical “adjustment” that you may have experienced at other clinics. In addition to offering traditional adjustments where you might hear an audible “pop” – medically known as a “cavitation” – we also offer alternative methods of gentle therapy for your joints, including: Thompson adjustments/ mobilizations / manipulation without twisting or “popping” using a special chiropractic table that keeps your spine in a neutral position at all times; Activator adjustments that use a gentle hand held device to very specifically target joints that aren’t moving well (this is one of the most gentle ways of adjusting and can even be used on babies, acutely injured necks / joints and seniors!); Mulligan mobilizations which utilize a special stretching strap for gentle, but very effective stretching and restoration of restricted range of motion; McKenzie technique which is used to gently restore injured discs in your back to their pre-injured state, also without any twisting, “popping,” or quick movements.
For those anatomy geeks (like us!) who might be wondering, joint mobilizations / adjustments work in four main ways:
- To increase joint mobility and flexibility in a specific area. When joints are not moving properly, the small stabilizing muscles in the area atrophy (break down, shrink and become weak) because they are not being used. This muscle atrophy will cause instability and dysfunction in that area through decreased strength and proprioceptive awareness of the joints and muscles. Increasing mobility through mobilization / manipulation can also take tension away from areas where nerves are being compressed. Nerve compression often results in a decrease in nerve impulses to important organs and tissues, which impairs function of the end organ / structure that the nerve is supplying, hinders healing and results in inflammation and pain.
- To provide pain relief. Adjustments have an analgesic effect, inhibiting peripheral pain by stimulating the mechanoreceptors in the joint capsule. Endorphins (feel good hormones) are also released following an adjustment, which also contributes to pain reduction and healing.
- To increase circulation in the area and also the circulation of synovial fluid in the specific joint. Increasing circulation helps to nourish the cartilage in joints, restore proper blood flow to muscles & other surrounding structures and also helps to flush out toxins from the immediate area. This results in reduced inflammation, reduced pain and a faster healing time![dt_sc_manual_list type=’type1′]
- To improve nerve function. Adjustments help the nerve at the spinal level that is adjusted, to function with better conduction and less impedance – whether it be a physical resolution of nerve impingement, a reduction in inflammation, resetting / the proprioceptors (structures that are responsible for telling your brain know where your joint / body position is in space) in the affected joint, or stimulating a stretch-relax reflex via special sensory cells in your body, known as golgi tendon organs and muscle spindles.
>Electrical Pain Reducing and Healing Promoting Modalities
At our Yonge-Eglinton clinic we offer: Ultrasound (US), Interferrential Current (IFC), Russian Stimulation, Microcurrent and Transcutaneous (TENS). As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, these modalities help manage symptoms such as muscle spasm, pain and swelling. These modalities help to increase healthy blood flow to the structures treated, reducing pain and inflammation, which promotes healing and ultimately helps to assist in the restoration of normal function.