Move away from pain, move forward optimal posture and wellness.

We help each member of the family to relieve their pain or other symptoms, correct their posture and obtain optimal spinal function, and then to maintain optimal health through, amongst others, regular adjustments and physical activity.

From pain relief to optimal health

To be without pain… is this being cured? Of course not. In our society, little emphasis is placed on prevention. Yet everyone agrees that “prevention is better than cure”. Prevention is not only economical; it is also the best way to not lose valuable time on being sick.

1. Intensive initial care
If you suffer from acute pain, emphasis will first be put on relieving the symptoms. Your chiropractor will nonetheless do a complete health check and will also examine your spine and your posture during your first visit.

Pain that suddenly appears following for example, a false movement, is often the result of several months, even several years of poor function. It is essential that your chiropractor examine you thoroughly to detect all possible causes of your acute symptoms.

In addition to spinal “adjustments”, muscle work and other therapies performed during your first visits, your chiropractor will provide advice in order to quickly regain control over your acute condition.

2. Corrective care
During your third visit, your chiropractor will recommend corrective care. We will explain whatthis implies: the time required, the frequency of visits, the exercises to do and any recommendations that your chiropractor may give you in order for to you obtain optimum health.

Corrective care requires time. Posture disorders, misalignment of the spine and other disorders that your chiropractor will recommend correcting have settled slowly over the years. This is true, even if thepain has appeared recently due to something insignificant.

3. Preventive and periodic care
Once you have completed your corrective care, your chiropractor will usually recommend periodic preventive care, also known as wellness treatment. They have several objectives and benefits:

– Maintaining optimal function of your spine.
– Preventing relapses of acute injuries such lower back injuries.
– Early detection, before symptoms appear, of posture and spine disorders.
– Monitoring problems or discomfort you feel on a daily basis.
– Maintaining your current file at our clinic, in order to facilitate access to care, in case of an emergency or pressing need.
– Getting answers to your questions concerning your health from an available qualified Healthcare Professional.

 

 

Sports Chiropractic

Over the past 18 years, we have helped more than 4000 people to relieve their pain, correct their posture and find lasting solutions in order to maintain optimal health. Also, many athletes at all levels were able to resume competition and perform at their personal best, thanks to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries we offer.

With the growing popularity of running, many of our patients practice this activity with passion and commitment. Dr. Lepage being a marathoner himself, our patients arevery confident in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to running, in the preparation forlong-distance events or simply to learn how to start running without injury.

 

Family Chiropractic

The clientele we serve is composed mainly of families whose members place health as their basic value, participate in regular physical activities and maintain good postural hygiene, as well as a healthy lifestyle.

We help each member of these families to relieve their pain or other symptoms, correct their posture and obtain optimal spinal function, and then to maintain optimal health through, amongst others, regular adjustments and physical activity.

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Special week: complimentary exam and x-rays

Make a $30 donation to Leucan and receive a complimentary opening of a file, chiropractic examination and x-rays (certain conditions apply ¹).

From May 27, 2019.  100% of the amounts collected will be donated to Leucan (not just the profit).

Limited space, contact us today to make an appointment!

Phone: 450-455-9822

email: info@drlepagechiropraticien.com

1. Average usual fee of $130. Offer valid for new patients or for re-activations of inactive files only. Offer valid for 90 days from May 27, 2019. If a treatment is made on the first visit, it is not included in the promotion and the usual fee of $50 will apply.

Achilles Tendinitis

Text from “Running Doc’s Guide to Healthy Running”, from Dr. Lewis G. Maharam, MD.

Any sport that keeps you on your feet and uses a pushing-off motion can produce Achilles tendon trouble. Orthotics are usually prescribed, but stretching is always your first defense.

The Achilles tendon, which is formed from your calf muscles, can be pushed beyond its limits and become inflamed. That’s the tendinitis to wich most athletes ascribe pain. There can also be some swelling tendinosis, or chronic tendinitis, above the upper heel. But every time the tendon gets inflamed, and certainly every time the pain comes from more serious microtears in the overused tissue that can easily be mistaken for tendinitis, the Achilles grows just a little weaker.

What brings the condition on besides simple overuse? The Achilles is vulnerable to misuse. Designed to do its job of guiding the heel in a vertical plane, it’s intolerant of the rolling of the ankle when it overpronates (rolls inward) or supinates (rolls outward). Stretching and an orthotic can help prevent the inflammation by biomechanically allowing the tendon to pull in proper alignment.

But a calf muscle routinely loosened by conscientious stretching every day and after a workout cuts the tendon some slack, particularly in stiffer athletes, reducing the tendon’s role as a shock absorber – for witch it’s not very well suited anyway.

So on those hectic days when stretching seems too much of a bother, remind yourself that a neglected and partially torn tendon needs to rest and heal in a cast for six to eight weeks unless you like courting a rupture.
And if that tendon does pop? The gulf between the two ends creates a hole you can actually feel. A clock has just started ticking, during which the tendon’s two ends will drift apart. As soon as possible you must decide if you want the rupture repaired by surgical reattachment of the ends – the best choice for most athletes. After the operation, you will have to wear a cast or cast boot at first and then undergo probably 9 to 12 months of therapy. The sooner the surgery’s done, the easier the repair. Or you can just go into a cast for maybe 8 to 12 weeks and accept whatever healing nature is able to provide – probably a weaker result and longer recovery. Given all this, a couple of minutes of prevention does not seem like such a bother after all…

So what do you do if stretching alone doesn’t work? The longer you take before you seek help, the longer the problem will take to fix. All structures in the body constantly remodel (at different rates). The Achillles tendon gets its strength by its fibers lining up in parallel. In its originating calf muscles are inflexible, living in an environment of overpronation and inflammation (tendinitis), remodeling proceeds with the fibers lining up every which way instead of parallel. This results in a weakened, swollen, painful tendon, which is the definition of tendinosis (instead of tendinitis). This tendon is more easily prone to tear, and you will need a full-length flexible orthotics (worn full-time instead of just when running) and physical therapy for eight or more weeks minimum.

Recreational activities to minimize stress and prevent back pain.

Source: Canadian Chiropractic Association.

Going to the chiropractor can help relieve pain and prevent injuries, but being active is also a great way to help keep your spine healthy. Just going for a brisk 10 minute walk each day is enough to help improve your health and prevent conditions of the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body. But there are also a few other recreational activities that you can incorporate into your daily routine to prevent back pain and reduce stress.

Here are a few suggestions and why you may benefit from them:

Yoga and Pilates:

Yoga and Pilates are forms of exercise that typically focus on moving the body while focusing on breathing and body awareness. The poses are purposeful and usually work a few areas of the body at once, including the back and leg muscles to build a stronger foundation for other movements. Also, the poses often focus on balance which can be important to prevent falls and injuries as we age. Compared to higher impact activities that cause added strain to the body, Yoga and Pilates are known to be ‘safe’ for healthy and even injured individuals. Yet, with most practices being keenly aware of your body is important and adapting movement to your skill level. However, regular practice has been shown to decrease back pain. The great thing about Yoga and Pilates is that there are several types of classes catered to your specific skill and comfort level.

Aquafitness

Aquafitness is a dynamic, low impact activity that usually involves the entire body in movement, including the abdominals, gluteal, and leg muscles. Since the movements are done in water, the water adds extra resistance to strengthen muscles but also minimizes impact on your joints. Aquafitness has been shown to be an effective management tool for those suffering from certain MSK injuries allowing them to keep active. Notably, people suffering from low back pain may particularly benefit from aquafitness or gently swimming in water.

Tai Chi

This Chinese martial art focuses on meditative, deep breathing combined with methodical practice of slow movement enhancing mobility and balance among those who practice the art. Tai Chi is known to have major health benefits – even for those with back pain. Tai Chi can improve pain and function, while decreasing likelihood of chronic pain. It is a safe and effective activity for those experiencing long-term back pain symptoms.

Other activities you may want to consider are low-impact cardiovascular exercises such as walking or striding on the elliptical machine. There are always alternatives to staying active, even when you experience pain. Some of these can even help relieve the pain.

If you’re looking for ways to stay active and relieve pain, meet with your chiropractor to discuss more options.

 

 

Start Running Slow, Stay Well

Text from “Runner’s World Guide To Injury Prevention” book, from Dagny Scott Barrios.

Spring is around the corner and to get in shape, you thought of running.  Good idea.  But to make sure you don’t end up with a running injury, please follow these advices from the “Runner’s World Guide To Injury Prevention” book.

The hardest part about running is starting.  Your body isn’t used to the motion, the stresses, the pounding.  It all feels strange and uncomfortable.  It does get easier with time, but your first weeks and months as a runner are critical because your unconditioned body is more susceptible to injury.  That means you must start gradually and build you training incrementally.  You also need to supplement your running with other strength and cardiovascular activities until your fit enough to handle more running.

Beginners typically run too hard, too fast, and too long on their first few attempts.  To top it off, they wear the wrong shoes, ones that give them little support and not enough cushioning.  The experience tends to be not only extremely uncomfortable but also a terrific way to get injured.  Pain should never be part of the normal running experience.  Sure, discomfort is to be expected as your body adjusts and your muscles get stronger.  But agony shouldn’t be a given in running.  Here’s a plan for running healthy and injury-free.

Get the right shoes for your body type

If you are in the wrong shoes, everything from your feet up to your knees, hips and back could wind up hurting.  Your feet, as the point of impact with the ground, are the most critical link in this series of connections that your body comprises.  That means that foot problems that are not addressed can end up hurting higher up in the chain.  So don’t go for your first run in any old tennis shoes you have moldering in the closed.  Shop at a running speciality store – one that’s staffed by runners for runners.  These stores stake their livelihood on the fact that their staff can help you match the right shoe with your unique foot and stride.

Walk and run when you first get started

The best way to slowly indoctrinate your body to running is to alternate periods of walking and jogging.  These intervals can start out very short for people who have not been doing any regular exercise: jogging for 15 to 20 seconds and then walking an equal period of time.  If you’re more fit aerobically, alternate 1 minute of jogging with 1 minute of walking for your starting point.

After several days of this, lengthen the intervals.  If you’ve been alternating periods of 20 seconds, increase those to 30 seconds, then after a few more days to 45 seconds.  Eventually, when you have increased to 2 minutes of jogging, you can shorten your waking breaks so that you are running more than your are walking.  When you get up to 5 minutes of jogging, you can start to phase out the walking altogether.  Do longer stretches of jogging with just a brief walking break.  Your overall goal as a beginner should be eventually jog for 30 minutes straight without walking, taking anywhere from a few days to a few months to achieve.  Don’t rush; it’s better to progress gradually than to have to stop after a few days or weeks.

Run slower than you think you should

Speed comes with time and conditioning.  Only after you can comfortably jog for about half an hour you should even think about your speed and pace.  For beginner, completion is the goal, not minutes per kilometer.

Don’t run every day

Rest days are crucial for repair and rejuvenation of all parts of your body.  Beginners should aim to run 3 or 4 days a week. Or alternate 2 days of running/walking with a rest day.  However, while you shouldn’t run every day as a beginner, you can and should do other exercise (swimming, biking, lifting weights, elliptical trainer, etc) that complements running.  This will help you to get in shape, build muscles that running doesn’t emphasize, and minimize the chances of injury.

Have a good end of winter and pain free runs!