What SpineWise has to offer

We currently have 4 chiropractors, 2 decompression therapy rooms, 3 registered massage therapists, 1 physiotherapist, 1 chiropodist and 1 holistic nutritionist.

Revolutionary state-of-the-art office with advanced technology and the best experienced doctors & practitioners in Durham region, bringing you results with quality & affordability. We use the latest in technologies to get you faster results.

SpineWise is known in Durham region as the top clinic for advanced non-surgical and drug-free solutions to your health concerns. Our friendly multidisciplinary team works together with a primary goal, to help you achieve your health goals as quickly and comfortably as possible , and we are great at what we do! We strive to make our clinic a fun and friendly environment for all our practice members and we promise to go that extra mile, each and every single time.

Dr. Amit Sharda and the SpineWise team have been serving Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Courtice, Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering and the surrounding areas for 2 decades. Our welcoming team at SpineWise are committed to providing solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, headaches, or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident, experiencing an injury, or if you suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Even if you looking to improve your overall health, our team can help you attain your everyday wellness goals!

If you have not been to our office before and want to find out more, please email us or call (905) 623-8388 the answers to your questions from our experienced team.

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Anatomy 101

Anatomy 101

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The spine is one of the most important parts our body. It has three main functions:

  • Protects the spinal cord
  • Gives the body structure and support
  • Allows us to move freely

The Bones and Joints

The spine is made of 33 bones called vertebra that are stacked one above each other. There are:

  • 7 cervical vertebra in the neck
  • 12 thoracic vertebra in the middle back
  • 5 lumbar vertebra in the low back.

The sacrum is a wedged shaped bone in the pelvis made of 5 fused vertebra. The tail end of the spine (literally) we have the coccyx made of 4 fused coccygeal vertebra. The vertebra are given names based on their position in the spine. L1 is the first lumbar vertebra. There are 2 bones that have special names because of their special function. The atlas (C1) holds up the head and the axis allows the head to rotate from side to side.

Here you can see 2 vertebra stacked on top of the other. 3 joints join the vertebra to each other. The large disc in the front is like a soft cushion and provides support and absorbs pressure. The disc has a poor blood supply and receives its nutrition via sucking the nutrients from the body when you move. Behind the disc there are 2 facet joints. The facet joints guide the movement of the vertebra and have a large supply of nerves that feed your brain with information about where your spine is and how it is moving. Your brain uses this information when it is deciding how your organs should function. Some amazing research by Dr. Akio Sato has been done in this field. This is why is it is so important to maintain the normal movement of your spine. Between the facet joints and the disc is a gap called the intervertebral foramen or the IVF for short. The spinal nerves exit the spinal canal through the IVF. There are a number of bumps on each vertebra. You can see the transverse and spinouts processes in the picture. The muscles and ligaments of the spine attach to these bumps.

The Ligaments

There are a number of ligaments that cross between two vertebra. The ligaments hold the bones together while still allowing the joints to move. Some of the ligaments cross the intervetebral foramen and reduce the space the spinal nerves have to exit the spinal canal. When there is joint restriction the ligaments can rub twist and squash the nerves reducing their ability to carry healthy information from the brain to the body or the body back to the brain. With age and lack of exercise the ligaments become shorter and harder, making the joints stiffer. In the long term tight and stiff ligaments pull on the bones and produce bone spurs. Exercise and adjustments to maximize the health of the ligaments will minimize the effects of osteoarthritis in the future.

The Muscles

here are multiple layers of muscles in the back. Some are for supporting our spine and are called postural muscles or core muscles others are for moving our spine and are called the prime movers. The muscles are arranged in different patterns to bend our spine forwards backwards, sideways and rotate to each side. Like all muscles of the body the spinal muscles require good exercise and stretching to maintain their health and the health of your spine.

The Nerves

The spinal cord is the information superhighway between your brain and your body. Without it you could not move any part of your body and your organs could not function. It is made of millions of nerves. The spinal cord is protected by the bony spinal canal formed by the vertebra that are stacked one on top of the other. It is also protected by the duramater, a tough covering around the cord. Between the duramater and the spinal cord is the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) The CSF is important for protection of the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and the spinal cord and feeds the CNS with nutrients from the blood.

The Peripheral Nerves

The spinal nerves convey information between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. The spinal nerves exit the spinal canal through each of the intervertebral foramen between each pair of vertebra. Like the tributaries of a river the small spinal nerves form larger nerves, such as the sciatic nerve, which runs down the buttock into the leg. This is how your brain controls every single cell and organ in you body. The following chart describes which spinal nerves innervate (supply) which parts of the body. You will notice that all the body parts actually receive information from more than one spinal nerve and the nerves travel a great distance to get to the organ they are supplying. This is why the actual problem in the spinal can be a long way away from you feeling the problem.

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Acupuncture

What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

Contemporary medical acupuncture (also known as functional integrated acupuncture or biomedical acupuncture) takes the traditional form of Chinese acupuncture and modifies it using modern day scientific understandings of human physiology and anatomy. At first glance contemporary medical acupuncture appears very similar to the traditional Chinese approach, as the same small, thin needles are placed in specific points on the body for a period of 5 to 30 minutes and removed. However, there are considerable differences between the approaches.

 Contemporary vs. Traditional

In contemporary medical acupuncture, treatment is given after a conventional medical/neuro-functional diagnosis. This diagnosis is made based on established methods of a medical history taking and physical examination. After the diagnosis is established, the practitioner will use acupuncture needles to influence the physiology of specific structures that were identified in the initial examination. Needle placement will be determined based on specific goals to affect local tissue structures, target specific spinal segmental outflow, as well as influence central regulatory effects on the nervous system. In summary the points used in this form of acupuncture are chosen based on their specific neuroanatomical and neuromuscular location related to your specific pain or dysfunction. The practitioner will typically use contemporary medical acupuncture as another treatment tool along with other therapeutic approaches such as: manual joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue techniques, stretching and rehabilitation exercises.

On the other hand, a traditional Chinese acupuncturist or Nathuropathic doctor will also do a very comprehensive history/physical examination but make a diagnosis based on complex theories regarding disturbance in the body’s balance (energy) that need to be addressed with treatment. This traditional form of acupuncture involves the similar use of small needles inserted at specific points on the body, but aimed to help to regulate the flow of energy or Qi. Dysregulation of this energy in the body is stated to be at the root of all ailments and disease. By regulating the state of qi with the needles, traditional acupuncturists aim to help guide the body back into homeostasis. While modern science may find it difficult to explain in conventional medical terms, traditional Chinese acupuncture has been around for more than 2500 years and has produced positive results for centuries.

Since contemporary medical acupuncture lends itself to the same method of understanding musculoskeletal complaints, it makes for an excellent clinical tool for many modern day manual practitioners to add to their current toolkit, including chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapy and more.

Commonly Treated Conditions (based on current evidence):

  • Neck pain
  • Upper limb pain, (especially rotator cuff tendonitis, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow)
  • Lower limb pain
  • Low back pain
  • Chronic knee pain
  • Myofascial pain – including myofascial trigger points
  • Fibromyalgia

 

We at SpineWise have more then one provider that has been trained in acupuncture. Give us a call today to book your consultation! 905-623-8388

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Facts About Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

tmj-treatmentTemporomandibular joint illness is commonly called TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder by many people, but the correct term for this condition is TMD. This article is going to look at this condition and the signs and symptoms of TMD.

TMJ is a very painful disorder that initiates in the joint of the jaw, but often the symptoms and pain can spread through other areas in the body. The joint that is affected is called the temporomandibular joint, and it is situated right where the lower jaw bone connects with the skull.

There are numerous different causes of TMJ/TMD. The main cause of TMD is when the jaw bones are not associated, which causes strain and pressure on the jaw joint. Jaw bone may be caused by teeth that don’t line up or problems with the jaw muscles that keep the joint moving smoothly. If you are suffering from jaw pain then you can look for best treatments for jaw pain In Bowmanville at http://www.spinewise.ca/jaw-pain/.

If you are experiencing jaw pain, the very first move you need to do is to go to the dentist. Try to let him check if there is something wrong with your tooth alignment that might basis jaw pains or has your jaws X-rayed.

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Supportive Mouth Exercises After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Supportive Mouth ExercisesIt is helpful to find out some operational and easy mouth exercises for earlier pain relief after teeth removal. Helpful mouth exercises helps in reducing the pain. The best mouth exercises after wisdom teeth removal will help protect your teeth also decrease the swelling of your jaw and reach faster recovery.

Do normal jaw muscle movements and exercises, instead of massage the area with your hand.

There are some good exercises which are suggested by dentists. Some of them are best and safe exercises after mouth surgery.

5 Easy Pain Relief Ideas after Wisdom Tooth Removal

1. Put salt on your extracted tooth area and gently massage it to help it get absorbed. Not only salt helps keep the area clean and kill the bacteria, it also acts as a natural safe pain killer.
2. Wash your mouth with an antiseptic mouth wash consistently every night before nap.
3. Hold an ice compress on your cheek where your surgery area is inside your mouth
4. Chew some garlic. It is old natural remedies to not only keep your mouth free from bacteria or infections but also helps calm down the pain.
5. The good old Aspirin. If your pain is just too much, the good old pain killer medicine will save the day.

If you are suffering from extreme jaw pain then you can visit jaw pain doctors in Bowmanville. Doctors suggest you best exercise after teeth removal.

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