Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Chiropractor adjusts to new normal as services resume

Chiropractor adjusts to new normal as services resume

Chiropractic services are reopening in Alberta As Sarah Freemark learns, that leaves many wondering what a chiro appointment during a pandemic looks like.

NOTE: Currently, Chiropractic clinics in Ontario are  open by appointment only for emergency/acute care; along with Virtual Consultations.  Please contact us via email at: nhwc@bellnet.ca for more information

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM A VIRTUAL CHIROPRACTIC CONSULTATION?



The scope of Chiropractic Care is primarily focused on the neuro-musculoskeletal system (nerves, joints, muscles, tendons, and bone). 

Your first Virtual Chiropractic Consultation (VCC) will aim to perform an initial screening assessment regarding your complaint.

After your assessment has been completed, it may be determined that:

         i.    You are in need of urgent/emergency care that requires in-person chiropractic treatment.

        ii.    You are in need of urgent/emergency care that is outside the chiropractic scope of practice and a referral will be made to the appropriate health professional.

       iii.    Your symptoms can be managed remotely via virtual care.  Although hands on care is a component of what chiropractors do, many injuries and conditions can be managed remotely with: prescribing and monitoring appropriate exercises; recommending appropriate devices or supports; professional advice on ergonomics, nutrition, hot/cold therapies, lifestyle and home care/self-management strategies.  If your condition does not improve via these measures, it may be determined that an in-person chiropractic treatment may be necessary OR that you are in need of urgent/emergency care OR care from another health professional.

 

If anyone has any questions, or would like to schedule a Virtual Chiropractic Consultation, please contact us via e-mail at: nhwc@bellnet.ca. We will do our best to respond in a timely fashion.

 



Tuesday, April 21, 2020

NOTICE FOR EMERGENCIES AND VIRTUAL CHIROPRACTIC CONSULTATIONS


New Hamburg Wellness Centre is evaluating the need for emergency in-person chiropractic treatment on a case by case basis.  Dr. Lusk & Dr. Papa are also available for Virtual Chiropractic Consultations via telephone or video, which are covered by most insurers.


If anyone has any questions, or would like to schedule a Virtual Chiropractic Consultation, please contact us via e-mail at: nhwc@bellnet.ca. We will do our best to respond in a timely fashion.

Sincerely,
Dr. R. Greg Lusk, DC
Dr. John A. Papa, DC, FCCPOR(C)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE – APRIL 15, 2020


NEW HAMBURG WELLNESS CENTRE (NHWC)




To Our Valued Customers-Patients,

On April 14, 2020, the Government of Ontario extended the shutdown of all non-essential services across the province until at least May 12, 2020.  For people who have appointments scheduled during this time period, we will be contacting you to reschedule.  Please check our Social Media pages for regular updates.

Although New Hamburg Wellness Centre is not physically open for business, our thoughts are with all of you during these extraordinary times. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail at: nhwc@bellnet.ca. We will do our best to respond in a timely fashion. In the meantime, stay safe.

Sincerely,
The NHWC Team


Sunday, April 12, 2020

HAPPY EASTER!

From all of us at the New Hamburg Wellness Centre, we are wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy Easter!
We also want to thank the many people that continue to work on the front lines protecting us, keeping us healthy and caring for those who need them most!
Please stay home, stay well and continue to share love from a distance!!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE – APRIL 1, 2020



To Our Valued Customers-Patients,

On March 30, The Government Of Ontario has mandated that the shutdown for all non-essential services across the province be extended until April 19, 2020.  For people who have appointments scheduled during this time period, we will be contacting you to reschedule. Please check our Social Media pages for regular updates.

The safety and well-being of our customers, employees, their families, and the community continues to be our top priority. Although NHWC is not physically open for business, our thoughts are with many of you during these extraordinary times. If anyone has any questions or concerns, is feeling uneasy, anxious, depressed, or just wants to connect, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail at: nhwc@bellnet.ca. We will do my best to respond in a timely fashion. In the meantime, stay safe.

Sincerely,

John A. Papa
Clinic Director and Founder, New Hamburg Wellness Centre

Monday, March 16, 2020

IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE – MARCH 16, 2020




In accordance with recommendations from various public health authorities, the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO), and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), we are temporarily suspending health care services from the end of business day March 17 until March 30, 2020.  We will be closely monitoring developments as they arise and will be regularly updating our social media pages to reflect any changes in dates.  For people who have appointments prior to March 30, 2020, our staff will be contacting you to reschedule. 

As the news concerning COVID-19 continues to evolve, the safety and well-being of our customers, employees, their families, and the community continues to be our top priority.  In an effort to minimize potential variables that may contribute to infection risk, we are taking these necessary steps.  It is our belief that this is the responsible thing to do. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail at:  nhwc@bellnet.ca.

Sincerely,
The NHWC Team

Sunday, March 15, 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)






New Hamburg Wellness Centre (NHWC) continues to monitor the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and want to assure you that the safety and well-being of our customers, employees and their families, partners and communities is our top priority.

New Hamburg Wellness Centre has implemented the following steps in an effort to stop the spread and transfer of any communicable illness/virus including COVID-19:

·    Returning travellers from outside Canada are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.  These individuals will not be permitted to enter the clinic, and includes customers-patients AND NHWC team members
·       Additional screening of individuals at higher risk of illness/infection prior to entering the clinic (For specific details, please visit our website at www.nhwc.ca and access our social media pages, i.e.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
·        Encouraging all customers, staff and health care practitioners to stay home if sick or ill
·        Removal of all magazines and reading material from the clinic
·      Increased frequency of medical grade cleaning of all contact surfaces throughout the entire clinic
·        No Cancellation Fees for illness and self-quarantine
·  Signage throughout the entire clinic informing patients, staff, and health care practitioners to engage in good hygiene practices at all times (i.e. proper hand washing with soap and water, coughing/sneezing into your sleeve, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth etc.)

We will continue to provide updates in a timely manner should additional information and facts become available.

We thank you all in advance for participating in these efforts.

Sincerely,
NHWC Team

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Knee Pain And Prevention


By Dr. John A. Papa, DC, FCCPOR(C)

Knee pain is often caused by either a one-time acute injury or repetitive motions that stress the knee, particularly as we age.  Included below are some of the conditions that commonly cause knee pain:

·    Osteoarthritis results from the protective layers of cartilage in the knee becoming worn over a period of time, leading to change in the composition of the bone underneath the cartilage.  This may result in a number of symptoms including:  joint pain and stiffness, decreased ranges of motion, weakness, swelling, inflammation, and instability.

·    Patellofemoral pain syndrome refers to knee conditions that involve the kneecap and/or the structures around it.  Pain can be generated by breakdown of the cartilage under the kneecap, tight or weak muscles around the kneecap, or misalignment of the kneecap.

·     Meniscal injuries directly involve tearing/damage to the cartilage cushioning in the knee.  This type of injury can result from a sporting event or fall where the knee undergoes a sudden twisting motion or impact.  It can also occur in older individuals who develop a chronic tear in a worn-out meniscus.

·    Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect one bone to another.  They help stabilize joints, preventing excessive movement.  Ligament injuries can occur when these structures become over-stretched or torn, often during activities where there is a direct blow to the knee or there is an awkward fall or twisting motion involving the knee.

·     Tendons are strong tissues that anchor muscles to bones, and these structures can become torn or inflamed around the knee joint leading to tendonitis and muscular strains.

·      Bursitis can involve several fluid-filled structures in your knee that help provide more cushioning in the joint.  Certain activities, such as kneeling on the floor, can cause a bursa to become irritated.

Below are some useful tips that can help individuals avoid or minimize the chance of knee pain and injury:

1.    Maintain a healthy bodyweight to decrease the overall stress on your knees.

2.  Wear appropriate footwear that supports your activities and helps maintain proper leg alignment and balance.

3.   Prepare your knees for physical activity by stimulating the joints and muscles, and increasing circulation.  This can be accomplished with a quick cardiovascular warm-up and gentle stretching of the muscles in the thighs and lower legs.

4.   Choose activities that are knee friendly for you.  This may include low impact activities such as walking or cycling.  Remember to start slowly and build up the intensity gradually.

5.    Strength, balance and flexibility exercises can train your leg muscles to better support your knees and avoid injuries.

In the event that you suffer a knee injury that does not subside, you should contact a licensed health professional who deals in the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain.  For additional information on knee pain and treatment of muscle and joint injuries, visit www.nhwc.ca.

This article is a basic summary for educational purposes only.  It is not intended, and should not be considered, as a replacement for consultation, diagnosis or treatment by a duly licensed health practitioner.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Health Benefits of Strength Training


By Dr. John A. Papa, DC, FCCPOR(C)

Strength training is exercise that uses weights or resistance to strengthen and enhance a muscle’s ability to contract and do work.  Below are some of the numerous health benefits of strength training.

1.   Strength training plays a key role in body composition and weight management.  Simply put, strength training burns calories, improves body composition by building lean muscle tissue, and thereby reduces fat stores in the body.

2.  Strength training reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Heart disease risk is lower when the body is leaner and less fat.  Other associated benefits include decreased cholesterol levels and lowered resting blood pressure.  Strength training will also help improve glucose metabolism.  Poor glucose metabolism is strongly associated with adult onset diabetes.

3.    Strength training stimulates bone mineral density development and reduces the rate of bone loss.  This is crucial at younger ages for maximizing bone density.  It is also important in older individuals looking to prevent or slow down the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis as it decreases the likelihood of fractures and morbidity related to fractures.

4.  Building muscle through strength training is helpful for recovering from and preventing injury as it helps improve overall strength, endurance, stamina, flexibility, balance and coordination.
 
5.   Strength training can be beneficial for those suffering from arthritis.  Studies in older men and women with moderate to severe arthritis have shown that a strength training program can help general physical performance with everyday activities, and improve clinical signs and symptoms of the disease resulting in decreased pain and disability.

Below are some useful tips that can help individuals get safely started on a strength training program:

·     Strength training exercises can be accomplished with conventional weight-training equipment, hand-held "free weights", and resistance bands/tubing.  An individual can also use their own body weight while performing push-ups, pull-ups, dips, stair climbing, lunges, and wall squats.

·       Modest benefits from strength training can be seen with two to three training sessions a week lasting just 15 to 20 minutes each.  A resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 8 to 12 repetitions is sufficient.  When you can easily do 12 or more repetitions of a certain exercise, increase the weight or resistance.  Rest at least one full day between exercising each specific muscle group.

·    Always perform strength training in a safe manner with proper technique and stop if you feel pain.  Although mild muscle soreness is normal, sharp pain and sore or swollen joints are signs that you’ve overdone it and that your program/activity needs to be modified.

A lifetime of regular strength training exercise is ideal, but it is never too late to start!  If you are over 35, have been sedentary for some time, or have a specific health condition or limitation, consult with a knowledgeable health care provider before beginning any new exercise program.  For more information, visit www.nhwc.ca.

This article is a basic summary for educational purposes only.  It is not intended, and should not be considered, as a replacement for consultation, diagnosis or treatment by a duly licensed health practitioner.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Protecting Your Back During The Winter Season


By Dr. John A. Papa, DC, FCCPOR(C)


The winter season is upon us and extra precaution must be taken as snow removal and icy walking surfaces can contribute to an increased risk of back injuries.  Included below are some useful tips that can be followed to help keep your back healthy and injury free this winter season.

1.   Warm up:  Prepare your body for physical activity by stimulating the joints and muscles, and increasing blood circulation.  Climbing stairs, marching on the spot, or going for a quick walk around the block can serve as excellent warm-up activities in five to ten minutes.  Follow this with some gentle stretches and exercises for the back.

2.    Push, don’t lift:  Push the snow to one side and avoid lifting.  If you must lift, keep the shovel close to your body and avoid twisting and turning by positioning yourself to lift and throw straight at the snow pile.  Be sure to lift slowly and smoothly and do not jerk with your lifts.

3.    Hinge the hips, bend the knees, keep the back straight and brace:  Use your hips, knees, legs and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.  Maintaining the natural and neutral curves of your back is important, as this is its strongest and most secure position.  Contracting and bracing your abdominal muscles during lifting improves spinal stability and decreases the chance of injury.

4.    Use the right shovel:  Use a lightweight, non-stick, push-style shovel.  Separate your hands as much as possible on the shovel handle for better leverage against the weight of the snow.

5.    Dress for the job:  Wear warm clothing to protect yourself against the elements.  Shoes and boots with solid treads and soles can help minimize the risk of awkward twisting, slips and falls.

6.    Don’t let the snow pile up:  Removing small amounts of snow on a frequent basis is less strenuous in the long run.

7.  Watch the ice:  Caution should be exercised around icy walkways and slippery surfaces.  Intermittent thaws and subsequent freezing can give way to ice build-up under foot increasing the risk of back twisting, slips and falls.  Coarse sand or ice salt can help give your walkways and driveways more traction.

8.    Take a break:  Know your physical limits.  If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and take a rest.  Make a habit to rest for a moment every 10 or 15 minutes during shoveling.  This is especially important if the snow is wet and heavy.  Stop shoveling immediately if you feel chest or back pain.

In the event that you suffer a back injury that does not subside, you should contact a licensed health professional who deals in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain.  For more information, visit www.nhwc.ca.

This article is a basic summary for educational purposes only.  It is not intended, and should not be considered, as a replacement for consultation, diagnosis or treatment by a duly licensed health practitioner.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Rehabilitation Information



NEW HAMBURG WELLNESS CENTRE

                                                                                               


FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TREATMENT FOR YOUR INJURIES:

·    The New Hamburg Wellness Centre offers emergency access to care for individuals who have sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident (MVA).  You do not have to see a medical doctor to start receiving treatment for a motor vehicle accident injury at our centre. Our centre is capable of immediately initiating your claim and starting rehabilitation and treatment for your injuries.

·     You have the right to choose where you would like to have your treatments done.  You may wish to choose our facility based on familiarity, location, convenience, hours, and the multi-disciplinary services we offer. 

·     The New Hamburg Wellness Centre is a licensed service provider with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) and is able to provide treatment and bill your auto insurer directly for your treatments.

·      Our centre has the ability to utilize a combination of the following treatment modalities to help you recover quickly and completely:
 
  • Rehabilitative Exercise and
  • Physical Therapy
  • Registered Massage Therapy
  • Laser Therapy
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Active Release Therapy
  • Graston Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Electrotherapy

·   MVA injuries are not limited to just Whiplash injuries of the neck.  Any body part can be injured.  Our experience, examination protocol and treatment regime is specifically tailored to treating MVA-related injuries, including headaches, neck pain, mid back pain, low back pain, and soft tissue injuries. Our unique, multi-faceted approach has successfully rehabilitated hundreds of individuals who have sustained MVA-related injuries.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MVA CLAIMS:

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding MVA claims:

1.    Q: Do I need a referral from my insurance company or medical doctor to receive treatment for my MVA injuries?

A: No. Our doctors are primary health care providers and are readily accessed.


2.   Q: My insurance company (or medical doctor) has told me I have to go to a specific facility to get treatment for my injuries, but I would prefer to come to this facility (because of familiarity, location, convenience, hours, multi-disciplinary services). Can I choose where I can go to have treatment for my injuries?

A: Yes. You have the right to choose where you would like to have your treatments done. Our centre is capable of immediately initiating your claim and starting rehabilitation and treatment for your injuries. Our experience, examination protocol and treatment regime is specifically tailored to treating MVA-related injuries, including headaches, neck pain, mid back pain, low back pain, and soft tissue injuries. Our unique, multi-faceted approach has successfully rehabilitated hundreds of individuals who have sustained MVA-related injuries.


3.    Q: If I undergo care, will my insurance rates increase?

A: No. Your rates will not increase as a result of an injury claim only.


4.    Q: How much will care cost?

A: Under the present legislation, there is no net out-of-pocket expense for care. This means our centre will look after all billing on approved claims and all treatment services will be covered by the applicable insurance coverage available.


5.  Q: I was involved in an accident, and had little stiffness the next day.  Is it worthwhile to undergo care?

A: Maybe. In a number of instances there is a delayed onset of symptoms that can take weeks to show up after a seemingly innocent fender-bender. A thorough examination will help clarify a need for care or not.

If you have any specific questions that need to be addressed regarding injuries you have sustained in a MVA, please do not hesitate to contact our office.