Chiropractic/Active Release Therapy

Chiropractic care involves the diagnosis and treatment of issues in the neuromusculoskeletal system. As spine, muscle, and nervous system experts, chiropractor provide qualified, effective treatment to promote health, alleviate pain, and improve quality of life.

Chiropractors utilize functional assessments to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment plan and therapeutic methods. These techniques include Active Release Technique (A.R.T.®), Athletic Movement Assessment (AMA), Diversified chiropractic Manipulation technique.

Client back being assessed

What is A.R.T.®?

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.®) is a patented, state-of-the-art massage technique. The technique is soft tissue system/movement-based and treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with A.R.T.®. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

What is an A.R.T.® Treatment Like?

Every A.R.T.® session combines examination and treatment. The A.R.T.® provider uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. The A.R.T.® provider treats abnormal tissues by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. 

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to A.R.T.®. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting you.

 

Taken from Active Release website – http://www.activerelease.com/
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Active Release Technique® Brochure

Shockwave Therapy

The current research and clinical studies support the fact that Radial Pulsed Shockwave Therapy is highly effective in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions. It is important that each person is individually assessed to see if Shockwave is appropriate and beneficial to their health needs as each person responds uniquely to different stimuli and techniques. This form of therapy initiates and utilizes the body’s natural healing abilities by reducing pain and inflammation right at the root of the problem therefore allowing the body’s healing and restoration process to take place.  Read more.

GRSM shockwave demonstration

Cold Laser Therapy

Class 3B Cold Laser Therapy also known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or PhotoBioModulation (PBM)

A medical device approved by both the FDA and Health Canada for the safe and effective treatment of muscle, joint and nerve pain (musculoskeletal) by utilizing therapeutic laser light at specific dual-wavelengths to penetrate tissue and convert into biochemical energy in order to: eliminate pain, reduces inflammation and accelerates healing at the cellular level by activating the body’s ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate).  ATP is an important molecule used in the mitochondria of our cells (furnace) to produce cell energy to accelerate tissue repair.

For example, if you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (pain in the wrists and numbing in the hands) then laser treatment can aid in the reduction of inflammation and edema (swelling) and promote nerve regeneration by healing at the cell level.

Also effective for any acute injuries or trauma to the body i.e., sports or accidents to eliminate pain through the lipid absorption pathway and reduce inflammation via the Nitric Oxide (NO) pathway.

Hence a safe, effective and non-invasive approach to pain relief, speeds up the healing process and promote full recovery.

What is AMA?

Athletic Movement Assessment (AMA) is a criteria-based assessment designed for specific functional movement patterns in athletes. The movement protocols have been developed through scientific literature – in sports sciences, biomechanical, and biological – for both performance and injury treatment.

 

COMMON CONDITIONS WE TREAT

"...(ART) treats your body's soft tissue by combining manipulation and movement...."
Physiotherapist treating client foot
GRSM physiotherapist demonstrating proper exercise techniques
GRSM physiotherapist demonstrating proper exercise techniques
GRSM physiotherapist demonstrating proper exercise techniques
GRSM physiotherapist demonstrating proper exercise techniques
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GRSM physiotherapist demonstrating proper exercise techniques
GRSM chiropractor demonstrating proper exercise techniques

Our Chiropractic & Active Release Programs

Shockwave

Shockwave Therapy is highly effective in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions. This form of therapy initiates and utilizes the body’s natural healing abilities by reducing pain and inflammation right at the root of the problem.

Acute Injuries Rapid Response

GRSM is committed to providing a Rapid Response in assessing and treating Acute Injuries that have been referred by Physicians.

Sports Concussion Program

GRSM is committed to providing an efficient and comprehensive assessment and treatment of sport concussions in the high standard of care that GRSM is renowned for.

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FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about our Chiropractic services.

We always encourage involving your family doctor, but you do not need a referral to consult with the professionals at GRSM. Many of our patients call the clinic and make their own appointments while others are referred by their family physicians. A referral may be required by your extended health care provider to receive benefits. 

Appointments may be made in person or by calling (519) 622-4529 (Cambridge) or (519) 571-7111 (Kitchener-South) or (519) 804-9164 (Kitchener-Downtown). You can also fill out our online form and one of our staff will call you. Remember: Please give us at least 24-hours notice if you need to cancel, so we can give that time to another patient.

GRSM is able to bill directly to the following insurance companies for Physiotherapy and Chiropractic visits:

  • Sunlife
  • Manulife/OTIP
  • Greenshield
  • Great-West Life
  • Bluecross
  • Manion
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Johnson Inc.
  • Claim Secure

Please Note:
– Your plan must allow for direct billing (not all plans permit direct billing).
– It is the responsibility of the patient to review specific insurance requirements including whether a medical referral is required by insurance and specific coverage information.

Contact your Employee Benefits or Human Resource Department to determine what extended health care benefits are. Don’t forget to ask how much coverage you have for various services. Most plans have an annual deductible or co-payment amount that the employee must pay.

Shorts should be worn for lower extremity (below the waist) injuries and tank tops are preferred for upper extremity (above the waist) injuries. We have washrooms and a change room if you need them, and your valuables can be locked safely at the reception desk.

Your first chiropractic appointment usually takes 60 minutes and will include assessment and treatment.  After that, treatments can last between 20 to 40 minutes.  

Services

SPORTS MEDICINE

Our physicians specialize in sports medicine and are certified with the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM). They provide expert medical care for high performance athletes, recreational athletes and active individuals.

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Our physiotherapists focus on sport- and activity-specific rehabilitation. Our goal is to return you to your activity as soon and as safely as possible.

CHIROPRACTIC

Our chiropractors utilize functional assessments to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment plan and therapeutic methods. These techniques include Active Release Technique (ART), Athletic Movement Assessment (AMA), Diversified chiropractic Manipulation technique.

MASSAGE THERAPY

Our Registered Massage Therapists use preventative and restorative therapies to help you maintain, rehabilitate and improve physical function or relieve your pain.

ATHLETIC THERAPY

Our Certified Athletic Therapists use a full range of treatments to rehabilitate, prevent injury and help you return safely to your sports and other activities.

FOOT ORTHOTICS

Our pedorthists are trained in assessing, casting, design and fitting of foot appliances (orthotics) and in fitting of footwear to reduce painful and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet.

BRACING

Our bracing professionals help fit you with a stocked or custom brace so that you may be able to return to sports or recreational activities sooner and safer.

DIETITIAN & NUTRITION

Our Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist helps to promote good nutrition habits that can help you maintain your energy levels, weight and muscle mass and can lower your risk of certain diseases.

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