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Chiropractic Services

The Sports Medicine Specialists (Toronto) is proud to have many experienced chiropractors with extensive training and experience in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients suffering from a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

What can I expect when I see a chiropractor at SMS?

A visit to our chiropractors will include:

  • A thorough history and physical examination
  • A Report of Findings – including a clear explanation of the nature of the problem and provision of a Plan of Management with both passive and active interventions
  • Treatment

What is chiropractic treatment?

  • Chiropractic treatment at SMS may include various therapies aimed at restoring and enhancing the patient’s musculoskeletal system to facilitate recovery from injury and optimize performance or return to activities of daily living.
  • Treatment may include: Active Release Techniques (ART) (see below for a description of ART), Spinal or extremity manipulation/mobilization, Graston Soft Tissue Therapy, acupuncture, education, exercise prescription, electrical modalities including shock wave therapy.
  • Chiropractic treatment is, by definition, “done by hand”. This typically includes spinal manipulation or “adjustment” that is best described as a high velocity, low amplitude thrust applied to a specific segment of the spine which has been determined to be restricted in motion. The adjustment yields an audible release that typically results in reduced pain, increased range of motion and improved overall function and performance.

What types of conditions do chiropractors treat?

Our chiropractors are very effective at treating most conditions of the musculoskeletal system including but not limited to the following:

  • Repetitive strain injuries (Tennis/Golfer’s elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Acute/Chronic Tendonitis
  • Muscle strains/Ligament sprains (i.e. ankle sprains, hamstring strains)
  • Postural strain/muscular imbalances
  • Whiplash and other MVA-related disorders
  • Neck and back pain
  • Running injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Piriformis syndrome and other nerve entrapments
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine and extremities

Do I need a Medical Doctor’s referral to see a chiropractor?

No. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners who are entitled to provide a diagnosis. At SMS, we work closely with the rest of the team including physicians, physiotherapists and massage therapists to provide the highest quality of care. We openly refer to and co-manage patients with our colleagues in order to maximize the accuracy of the diagnosis and effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation.

Can a person be too young or too old to see a chiropractor?

No. Our chiropractors are experienced in treating patients of all ages and activity levels and will modify our treatment to safely meet your goals.

What is ART?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that 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 ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

How do overuse conditions occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons can cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain.

What is an ART treatment like?

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

What should I expect during or after an ART treatment?

After an ART treatment, you should feel increased range of motion, strength, and function of the area treated.

Often times after an initial ART treatment, it is common for the patient to experience some residual soreness or tenderness, and occasional bruising over the areas treated, much like the soreness experienced after a deep tissue massage, or challenging workout. This is common, and usually resolves over 24 hours.

The doctor will usually prescribe some stretching exercises to help alleviate this, and to also provide a further benefit to the treatment provided. Icing may also help alleviate and residual soreness.

How can ART help me?

ART is an excellent treatment modality to treat ANY acute or chronic injury. It helps to keep tissues functioning properly, and helps to prevent scar tissue buildup due to training, poor posture, muscle imbalances, biomechanical faults. While ART is an excellent treatment tool used in TREATING an injury, it is also a great tool used to MAINTAIN proper tissue and function, thereby also PREVENTING injury.