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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TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Treatment

tmj-temporomandibular-joint-disorderThe discomfort in the joints and muscles of the jaw may be momentary to some people; others may have unceasing warning signs.

Indications of TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder:

• pain branching out in the neck, face and shoulders
• restricted motion in the jaw or pressing in the jaw points
• arduous jarring or clicking when closing and opening the mouth
• earaches, lightheadedness, headaches, ingestion difficulties and hearing problems
• changes in the fitting of the upper and lower teeth

Classification of TMJ disorder

• Myofascial tenderness is the inflammation of the muscles of the jaw, neck and shoulders
• Dislodged jaw or dislocated disc
• Debilitating joint syndrome such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Causes of TMD

• Emotional pressure or tension can effort some people to tighten their teeth when undergoing emotional stress.
• Physical strain can also cause temporomandibular joint disorder. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is more frequent with women than men are. This is attributed to factors such as sitting for long hours, wearing of high heels that affect their posture.
• Other serious damages like being punched or hit in the jaw, habitual chewing on just one side of the mouth and too much gum chewing can also cause TMJ disorder.

Spinewise can help you in TMJ disorder treatment.  Get treated now!

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TMJ And Chiropractic Care

TMJ And Chiropractic CareTemporomandibular Joint disorder or TMJ is the term used in situation of the mechanical dysfunction of one or both of the joints of the jaw. TMJ is situated right in front of the ears. Because of this close linking, a patient with the problem of TMJ might also have problem with the ears like grind or crack and hearing the joint pop when the mouth opens or closes.

The TMJ joint is flexible, as it has to allow movement for chewing, speaking, yawning, etc. In fact, muscles surrounding the TMJ are highly active in everyday life.

Dysfunctions with the TMJ are painful and hard to ignore, seeing as how the joint is responsible for helping in crucial, everyday activities like eating.

In order to recover the proper alignment of the jaw and treat TMJ dysfunction, chiropractic care for tmj or chiropractic manipulation is the best method.

Those who suffer from Temporomandibular disorders or TMD (often times incorrectly referred to as TMJ) experience pain due to the misaligned motion of the jaw. TMD is supposed to be brought on by a number of problems including:

• Grinding or clenching of one’s teeth
• Dislocation
• Arthritis of the jaw
• Stress
• Trauma
• Degenerative Joint Disease

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Find the Best Chiropractic care for TMJ Dysfunction

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What It Is

The TMJ joint is flexible, as it has to allow movement for chewing, speaking, yawning, etc. In fact, muscles surrounding the TMJ are highly active in everyday life. TMJ Syndrome is the term used for any chronic or acute pain due to damage to the cartilage or inflammation of the temporomandibular joints.

Chiropractic care for TMJ Dysfunction

Chiropractic care is a smart place to look for TMD rehabilitation. A chiropractor will examine the muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint and make adjustments by hand or tools until the area is properly realigned.

Those suffering from this Syndrome often display a wide variety of symptoms. These symptoms may include pain in the facial muscles and jaw joints, ringing in the ears, swelling, trouble swallowing, and clicking/popping sounds.

Chiropractic care is especially unique in that it focuses on the return of motion and healing through individually-designed treatment plans specific to each patient. Chiropractic care will not only provide short-term pain relief, but will also serve to prevent future problems from surfacing.

Dr. Amit Sharda has extensive experience in treating patients who are suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD. If you are in search of a chiropractor, you can contact Dr. Sharda for a referral.

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