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 21 years, we have helped more than 5000 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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Ankle sprain

Blog – October 2021

Text in part from “Running Doc’s Guide”, by Dr. Lewis G. Maharam, MD.

The ankle is what I call “the great pretender” of the body, capable of ballooning threateningly after a minor sprain (tearing of ligaments – they attach bone to bone) or concealing a serious fracture behind nothing more than an unpleasant throb.  

As a sport medicine physician, I’ve called them wrong both ways, finding just minor soft tissue damage after X-rays of patients I was ready to put into a cast and finding unexpected bone chips in others who were still managing daily workouts.  It’s chancy to assume, as so many of us do, that just because what’s happening now feels like what happened last time, it is what happened last time.

Fortunately, fractures are far less common than sprains.  And if a fracture is caught early, a couple of weeks in a cast usually permits rapid healing.  Procrastinate, and the bone chip may migrate to someplace you don’t want it and will have to come out with surgery if you expect to finally be rid of the pain.  Then we’re into real convalescence.  So the rule is, know the difference.  If there is any swelling after an ankle injury, please have it X-rayed.  But first things first.

The instant you’re hurt, ask yourself, “Can I keep going?” If you can still run with the same stride, then go ahead.  But if you start compensating, or if your biomechanics change even slightly, stop.

Three grades (from American Academy of orthopaedic Surgeons)

The amount of force determines the grade of the sprain. A mild sprain is a Grade 1. A moderate sprain is a Grade 2. A severe sprain is a Grade 3.

  • Grade 1 sprain (mild sprain) : slight stretching and some damage to the fibers (fibrils) of the ligament.
  • Grade 2 sprain (moderate sprain) : partial tearing of the ligament. If the ankle joint is examined and moved in certain ways, abnormal looseness (laxity) of the ankle joint occurs.
  • Grade 3 sprain (severe sprain) : complete tear of the ligament. If the examiner pulls or pushes on the ankle joint in certain movements, gross instability occurs.

When it’s a grade 1 and most of grade 2 sprains, there is lot more you can do than the usual RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).  Ice is indispensable of course, 2 or 3 times a day for 15 minutes.  And then instead of RICE, try MICE, substituting motion for rest.  Sit cross-legged and pretend there is a pencil extending from you big toe.  Now pretend to trace – with your foot, not just your toe – the capital letters of the alphabet from A to Z six times a day.  This moves the ankle in every direction, bringing blood flow and more rapid healing.  With the initial injury, this will be painful and the letters small.  As you progress, the letters will get bigger and bigger.

The faster you get your ankle moving, the faster you will be back on the road, pain-free.  You may as soon as you can do so without changing your form.  Running also brings in more blood flow for rapid healing.

Run safely!

Digital x-rays.

The benefits of digital x-rays for chiropractic care

Since August 2019, our x-rays facilities are all digital.  Digital direct radiography (DR) produces images of outstanding quality. A flat panel detector directly converts the pattern of incident Xray energy into electrical signals. Imaging plates, cassettes and Xray scanners are no longer needed . The Xray images are available for diagnosis immediately after exposure. The advantages are numerous:

  • Use 70% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.
  • Take less time to take and are easier to take than traditional film x-rays.
  • Have better quality viewing capabilities than traditional film x-rays.
  • Take the waiting out of the development process allowing us to see what is going on immediately.
  • Prevent issues from going undetected and/or missed.
  • Are easily stored on a computer.
  • Can be easily transferred to your family doctor when referrals are needed.
  • Environmentally-friendly.