The Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) defines an adjustment as: "A highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustment loosens the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function." The movement of the joint causes gas bubbles to escape which gives rise to the "cracking"/"popping" sound most people are familiar with having heard.
Chiropractic adjustments have been extensively researched for over two decades having their studies published in the major journals internationally. As with any health care treatment there are risks associated. It is very rare for there to be any complications associated with this non-invasive, drug-free technique. Further, the side-effects, such as temporary soreness or stiffness, are usually minor.
There is no obligation to be adjusted. This is your treatment and you get to choose what your are comfortable with. The JointCare team is well-trained to determine if you will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.
Mobilizations are slow or low-velocity techniques that keep the joint within its passive range of motion/movement. A manipulation is much faster. With a high velocity and low amplitude thrust, the Chiropractor, no matter his/her size, is able to apply a similar quick thrust to a joint, taking it beyond the passive range, still keeping it within its proper paraphysiological end range of motion/movement.
Mobilizations generally do not produce any sound and therefore sometimes people (i.e. aging persons) prefer or require this technique over a manipulation. This technique works very well for certain people, however, it is important to note that the treatment plan will most likely take longer to reach the maintenance stage (i.e. proper range of motion in all joints and no pain) with mobilizations alone.
This technique is a patented, state of the art soft tissue treatment that combines movement and massage techniques to treat muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves. ART treats overuse injuries. These injuries cause the body to produce irregular growth of connective tissue (i.e. tough dense scar tissue). This scar tissue then causes weaker and shorter muscles and tendons (i.e. tendonitis) manifesting itself in reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and in pain. With nerve entrapment, you may also experience numbness, tingling and even weakness.
With Dr. Bouharevich's extensive training, she can evaluate the texture, movement and tightness of one's muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons and nerves. She then diagnoses the abnormal tissues and treats by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. Back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome (if caught in time), shin splints, headaches, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis/golfer's elbow to name just a few of the conditions that Dr. Bouharevich can resolve quickly and permanently.
This technique is a patented instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization that allows clinicians to enhance their treatment of scar tissue and effectively restore function. the instruments are used to "catch" onto fibrotic, irregularly held connective tissue resulting from scar tissue. In many instances, scar tissue causes pain and limited range of motion. Dr. Bouharevich uses the instruments to help break up the scar tissue. This in turn alleviates the patient's issues caused by the scar tissue buildup. With this technique it is common to experience some minor discomfort during and possibly some bruising after the treatment. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.
Dr. Bouharevich educates her patients and helps them to understand that what one puts into his/her body directly affects one's health and wellbeing. Making a commitment to healthy eating is a great start towards a healthier life. Beyond eating more fruits, vegetables, and good fats, however, there is the question of 'what foods are causing you inflammation?'. We may think we are healthy eaters and that we seldom 'cheat', however, after being evaluated, you might find that the tomatoes or small amount of milk in your coffee is what is setting off a cascade of stress on your body which can lead to referral pains and physical disfunction.
Dr. Bouharevich has found that a high percentage of her patients suffer, even mildly, from gut issues. Our gut creates 80% of our immune system. Therefore, if our gut is compromised, then so is our health. This can lead to frequent sickness and/or can manifest in the body as pain. Sometimes we are strong enough to fight off illness but we are not strong enough to get rid of the virus/bacteria/parasites quickly. This can, like sensitivity to certain foods, lead to inflammation, deterioration of the musculoskeletal system and pain.
This is why Dr. Bouharevich has studied Functional Medicine to get to the root cause of your pains. She wishes to identify the true nature of why the body is not functioning optimally and help get you back on track. The road might not be easy as it requires discipline and lifestyle changes, but if you are up to the task, she can promise you great results!
This is a therapeutic healing treatment that a patient receives after an illness or injury. Dr. Bouharevich specializes in physical therapy which focuses on getting a patient from a painful, weak state, back to optimal, pain-free function. She does this with exercise and a multitude of highly research-based skills including stretches and exercises that are tailored specifically to each patient depending on their individual issue. For example, a patient with an acute condition (i.e. pulls, tears, collisions, post-operative injuries) will need more passive, assisted care than someone in the chronic phase of a condition who would get a more active, independent approach to recovery.
Your feet are the base of support for your entire body. When there is a structural or functional issue with your feet, ankles, arches, etc. your body will be affected to compensate for the issue(s). In some cases, with for example functional issues, the JointCare Team will treat their patients with rehabilitation therapy to strengthen the weak muscles, stretch and/or ice areas of the lower limb(s). However, if the issue(s) is structural and/or if the doctor finds in the assessment that the patient would greatly benefit from the added support to decrease high-pressure areas, stabilize foot alignment and/or cushion the foot, the doctor will recommend custom orthotics. Note that they will not permanently change one's anatomy and they will only function when standing or walking on them.
Orthotics are often used to relieve symptoms of common injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, neuromas, and various foot and ankle tendon injuries. As well, orthotics can help individuals with diabetes and/or arthritis.
The JointCare Team works with the Orthotics Group to provide quality custom orthotics for its patients. The Orthotics Group has been one of the leading companies in creating expert and individualized footwear for patients in over 15 countries for over 30 years.
This method of adjustment uses the most widely researched Chiropractic tool. It is the only instrument with clinical trials to support its efficacy. JointCare uses this tool on aging patients, children, and/or if a patient is nervous or unable to relax for a manual adjustment.
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves the insertion of fine needles through the patient’s skin to target specific muscles, nerves, and joints. By targeting these specific points, it stimulates the tissues targeted. This leads to increased blood flow to the area, a release of the body’s natural endorphins which can help to reduce pain, a decrease in tissue tension and increased tissue healing. Acupuncture has been proven to help with various conditions including low back pain, headaches and migraines, neck pain, osteoarthritis, upper and lower extremity joint pain, tendinitis and much more. Currently, Dr. Demirli is the only practitioner in the clinic that can offer this treatment.
This is an ancient Chinese Medicine therapy that use cups to create suction on your skin. The cups that JointCare uses are plastic and do not use heat for suction. This therapy is used to help with pain, inflammation, fascial release, blood flow, deep-tissue massage, relaxation and relaxation. It can be thought of as a less invasive form of acupuncture.
Cupping therapy has many benefits when used in a Massage therapy treatment. Plastic or silicone cups are used on the skin, The skin is then pulled into the cups creating a suction effect to the skin and tissue below. Cupping has a relaxing and healing effect on the fascial network of the body, it can remove blockages and increase mobility. It stimulates the waste removal in the muscle and tissue and help improve scar tissue restrictions and skin adhesions
The Bioptron Light Therapy includes all of the following types of light:
Linear polarized light
- Bioptron Light waves move on parallel planes.
- The Brewster’s mirror, a multi-layered optical system, provides 95% of Bioptron Light’s polarization.
- Bioptron Light ensures optimal penetration of tissues to stimulate the immune system for faster and more effective healing.
Polychromatic Light (Various colors 480-3400NM)
- A Broad range of wavelengths from 480- 3400 nm, containing the color of visible light wavelengths plus a part of the infrared spectrum.
- Different light wavelengths penetrate the skin at different depths, activating cells, accelerating local blood circulation and stimulating the whole body’s regenerative process.
- UV – free. No risk of adverse side effects.
- Soft, low intensity light
- No known side effects
- Dynamic penetration
- No risk of damaging tissues
- Stimulates the natural healing process
- Allows precise dosing
- Has a consistent and ready intensity of 2.4J/cm2 per minute (safe dose of light)
Bioptron’s patented and unique combination of light features stimulates and accelerates healing and recovery.
AromaTouch technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils. AromaTouch Massage improves wellbeing by reducing physical and emotional stressors and supports healthy autonomic function. The technique uses doTERRA’s Certified (CPTG) essential oils for an unparalleled grounding experience for recipients. Unlike traditional Aromatherapy Massage, the AromaTouch Technique utilizes 8 specific essential oils and blends to promote relaxation and stress relief, offer immune support, decrease pain and inflammation and elevate mood. Essential oils applied along energy lines and on reflexology points stimulate homeostasis and balance in the body.
The AromaTouch technique uses 8 essential oils:
Balance, Lavender, Melaleuca, On Guard, AromaTouch, Deep blue, Wild orange and Peppermint.
RockTape functional Movement Taping uses kinesiology tape to decrease pain, enhance fluid dynamics, posture, relieve nerve entrapment and scars.
Indie Head Massage is a form of massage therapy based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. Warm oil is applied to the scalp and hair, and combined with deep therapeutic massage to the face, scalp neck and shoulders.
Your hair will get oily so feel free to bring a hat or hair tie for the trip home!