My clinic in Beaconsfield

Bye ByeHello everyone

I want to take a few minutes to inform you of a recent change I did in my practice. As many of you already know, last week was my last week working at the clinic in Beaconsfield. For almost 10 years now, I worked in two different places: Beaconsfield and Hemmingford. Since the arrival of my daughter in 2012, I admit that the work-family balance was a little difficult because of the fact that I had to work almost every night of the week.

Earlier this year, I made the decision to leave my practice of Beaconsfield to concentrate in one clinic, and thus be able to spend more time with my family. But fear not, a new chiropractor is there to take my place at the clinic and ensure follow-up with patients. You will be in very good hands.

Finally, I want to thank all my Beaconsfield patients who trusted me for their health and the health of their relatives. I am very honored. I will continue to practice chiropractic in my clinic of Hemmingford, so do not hesitate to say hello if you are in the area.

Thank you very much

Your family chiropractor

Dr André Emond
Chiropractor, D.C.

Chiropractic and plantar fasciitis

Chiropractic and plantar fasciitisThe subject of this article concerns a fairly common condition called plantar fasciitis. I received the question of whether this condition could be treated in chiropractic. Well yes, chiropractic may be effective in treating this condition.

First, what is a plantar fasciitis? This is actually an irritation of a ligament (fascia, hence the name fasciitis) located under the foot (in the arch of the foot). The fascia attaches on a small area of the heel bone and then expand and attaches again under all the toes. When there is an irritation of the fascia, pain is usually felt under the heel. The pain is particularly intense after a prolonged period of immobility, such as getting out of bed in the morning. Patients often feel like if they have a needle under their heel. It may happen that the pain is also felt in the arch of the foot or on the sides of the heel. Generally, pain decreases as the fascia is warming up (ex: walking for a few minutes).

Causes of plantar fasciitis are numerous. For example, prolonged walking on a hard surface, wearing shoes that do not have a good support (ex: high heels), mechanical problems of the foot, ankle, knee and even the pelvis, excess weight, etc.

If the plantar fasciitis persists for an extended period, a calcium deposit can develop where the fascia attaches on the heel, thus causing a bone spur, also known as the Lenoir’s spur (épine de Lenoir).

The good news is that this condition could be improved through chiropractic care. First, a physical examination is necessary to determine the exact cause of irritation. As mentioned earlier, the problem could be limited to the foot, but it is also possible that an imbalance of the pelvis causes the irritation of fascia (caused by the difference of weight on each foot). Your chiropractor will be able to assess the problem. Once the origin of the problem established, chiropractic treatment usually consists of restoring the proper mechanical function of the pelvis, knees, ankles and feet. Muscle techniques are used to reduce the tension in the fascia. Your chiropractor will also be able to give you exercises to do at home in order to help the fascia regain more flexibility. For example, you can massage the fascia by placing a tennis ball on the floor and roll your foot on it. Stretching the muscles of the leg and foot are also necessary to treat the condition. If your chiropractor believes that orthotics might help you resolve the condition, he could refer you to a podiatrist for custom foot orthotics. Applying ice under the foot could also help reduce the inflammation of the fascia.

Typically, this condition responds well to chiropractic care. In the event that the results would be limited to conservative care, other interventions are possible. For example, taking anti-inflammatory or having injections in the foot could be considered (a consultation with your medical doctor will be necessary).

If you suffer from this condition, consult a chiropractor today. Not only the condition might take less time to treat, but you will also prevent the irritation of other related structures such as your knees or even your back.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Hello everyone

I would like to take a few minutes to wish you all Happy Holidays! I also want to thank you for the interest you’ve shown towards my publications and for all your good comments. For those of you under my chiropractic care, thank you for your confidence and be assured that I’ll continue to do everything I can to give you the best care possible.

Joy, happiness and health for you and your family in 2014

Dr André Emond
Your family chiropractor

P.s. Here’s my schedule for the Holidays

  • December 23: 7h am to 7h pm
  • December 24, 25, 26: Closed
  • December 27: 7h am to noon
  • December 28 to January 2: Closed
  • January 3rd: 7h am to noon
  • Back to the regular schedule on January 6th 2014

Chiropractic and headaches

Chiropractic and headaches

Chiropractic and headaches

Headaches represent one of the most frequent causes of consultation in chiropractic offices. The following text will explain the main sources of headaches and the impact of chiropractic care on them.

Cervicogenic headaches and tension-type headaches

Cervicogenic headaches and tension-type headaches are probably the most frequent types of headaches. They are caused by restrictions of movement affecting the vertebrae of the neck (cervical) and by muscle tensions in the neck and at the bottom of the skull. The symptoms are usually headaches involving the whole head or only one side of the head, the pain is usually constant and some tensions or discomforts are usually felt in the neck and shoulders. Different factors could create those headaches: a general bad posture, a bad work posture, sleeping on your stomach, car accidents, sports injuries, etc.

Migraines

Even if the exact mechanisms of a migraine are still unknown, we know that blood vessels are involved in the phenomenon of migraine. The pain associated with migraines is usually pulsating (like if your heart is beating in your head) and other symptoms could be felt like nausea, vomiting, visual problems, hypersensitivity to sounds or light, etc. Different factors could trigger the migraines like: hormonal changes associated to menstrual cycle, alcool or other food allergies, stress, fatigue, etc.

Other headaches

Some severe health conditions could be associated with headaches. High blood pressure, tumor or an intracranial bleeding could be responsible for headaches. Fortunately, those conditions are very rare.

Chiropractic and headaches

Chiropractic care is usually very effective to relieve pain associated to cervicogenic and tension-type headaches. The chiropractic adjustment contributes to restore the normal movement of the vertebrae and to create a muscle relaxation in the cervical region. Furthermore, the chiropractor could help you improve your posture and change few habits that may contribute to your headaches. Patients suffering from migraines could also benefit from chiropractic care to relieve their symptoms.

During your visit at the chiropractic office, the chiropractor will perform many tests and evaluations in order to determine the type of headaches you are suffering from. Once the chiropractic diagnosis is established, the chiropractor will be able to recommend you the best approach in order for you to get as much relief as possible.

If you are suffering from headaches, don’t wait anymore. Consult your chiropractor immediately. You don’t have to suffer from this condition any longer!

Welcome to my new blog

Hello and welcome to my new blog. As a partner in your health, my goal is also to give you all the health information you need in order to recover and maintain your full potential. Every week, I will publish health-related articles. I will also answer the most common questions I have from my patients at the office. If you have any questions or subjects you would like to know about, don’t hesitate to let me know. It will be a pleasure for me to share the answer with everybody else.

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Cordially

Dr André Emond
Your family chiropractor