Wellness Center Services in Saskatoon
Attridge Chiropractic Wellness Clinic of Saskatoon offers a suite of services that include chiropractic, acupuncture, and more. Learn more about our capabilities below, and be sure to give us a call to make your appointment for better health today.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractors use a manual approach to provide a diagnosis, treatment, and preventive care for issues relating to the spine, pelvis, extremities, nervous system, muscles, and joints.
Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are based on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan, which may include chiropractic manipulations of joints, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation, and lifestyle/nutritional advice.
Who can chiropractic help?
From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, children to seniors, chiropractic care has been the answer to improved health and wellness. Some individuals find that regular visits to their chiropractor help keep them in peak condition for sports and other activities.
Chiropractic can help individuals with the following:
- Neck Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Mid-Back Pain
- Motor Vehicle Injuries
- Work-Related Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Hip/Knee/Foot Pain
- Shoulder/Elbow/Hand Pain
- Tingling or Numbness
Activator® technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care. It serves as both an alternative or as an adjunct to manual manipulation of the spine and extremity joints. It utilizes a hand-held device, which delivers an impulse to the joint being adjusted.
Dr. Scott Thomas, Dr. Curt Stuckel and Dr. Kyle Roth are Advanced Proficiency Rated Activator® practitioner.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body. It is used to encourage natural healing, reduce/relieve pain, improve mood, and to promote general health.
The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called “qi,” which flows through the body. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture is a procedure that aims to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin (these are the specific acupuncture points, or ‘acupoints’).
The most common mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points is via penetration of the skin by thin metal needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
What should I expect during a treatment?
The acupuncture provider will complete a relevant history and physical examination in order to determine which acupuncture points to use (certain conditions or causes of pain require stimulation of certain acupuncture points).
Usually 1-10 needles will be used per treatment, depending on what condition is being treated. The needles used are pre-sterilized and individually wrapped; they are immediately disposed of after one use. The needles are usually left in anywhere from 1 minute to 20 minutes, depending on what condition is being treated.
In some cases, the acupuncture provider may choose to use electrical acupuncture; this consists of attaching alligator clips to a few of the needles in order to increase stimulation to the needle.
How does acupuncture work?
The insertion of acupuncture needles causes a release of endorphins (the ‘feel good’ hormones), which results in a decrease in pain. Acupuncture also exerts its effects by inhibiting the transmission of pain by way of the Gate Control Theory of Pain.
Along with helping to reduce pain, acupuncture also has other various effects such as:
- Increases blood flow, which aids in the reparative healing process
- Causes ‘micro-trauma’ in the area, which stimulates the brain to initiate the healing process (this is important in chronic pain patients)
- Restores proper nerve to brain communication and balances the nervous system
- Recruitment of the body’s own pain reduction system
- Increased release of endorphins, serotonin, norepinephrine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid
What conditions acupuncture can help:
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Muscle Pain – Tension/Trigger Points
- Smoking Cessation
There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether you need a moment of relaxation, to reduce muscle tension, or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being, as well as your quality of life.
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages and can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions. It also plays a major role in the prevention of illness and conditions, before they develop in the first place.
Therapeutic massage is an important part of your health maintenance plan by:
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circulation
- Improving immune system functioning
- Increasing lymphatic drainage
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Reducing tension within muscles
- Increasing body awareness
Pregnancy and Labour Massage
Massage therapy during pregnancy has been shown to:
- Improve maternal mood
- Decrease depression and anxiety
- Decrease pain
- Decrease stress hormones in pregnant women
- Decrease obstetrical complications
- Improve neonatal health and development
Our registered massage therapists use the Pregnancy Body Cushion, which is adjustable to clients of all shapes and sizes. The cushion enables women to receive pregnancy massage through their full term in most cases, by providing stable and comfortable support. It helps to reduce pressure and relieve breast discomfort, allowing to-be moms the benefits of therapeutic massage.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine offers a wealth of benefits. The specialized areas this alternative healthcare provides includes the following:
- Migraine and Tension Headache
- Arthritis/Sciatica/Acute and Chronic Back/Neck Pain
- Menopausal Syndrome/Gynecological Disorders/PMS
- Miscarriage/Infertility/Improves the Pregnancy Outcome of IVF/ICSI
- High or Low Blood Pressure
- Constipation/Diarrhea/Gastritis/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Thyroid Disease
- Supplementary Treatment for Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy
- Skin Disorder
- Facial Rejuvenation/Hair Loss
- Stop Smoking/Weight Control
- Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Health Maintenance