Services

We are proud to offer the following quality services to our patients:


Active Release Techniques® (ART®)

ART® is a soft tissue and injury management system that is designed to treat various overuse injuries related to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Common complaints that are treated by ART® include headaches, neck pain, hip and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee complaints, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and rotator cuff injuries, amongst others. Please visit www.activerelease.com/what_patients.asp for more information.
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Chiropractic

The following description of chiropractic has been adopted from the Canadian Chiropractic Association website (www.ccachiro.org). Please visit the site for more information.

Chiropractic today is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Canada with over 6,500 practicing chiropractors. Approximately four and a half million Canadians use the services of a chiropractor each year.

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. The benefits of chiropractic care are well recognized by other health care practitioners. In a 1995 survey, 44 per cent of Ontario and Alberta physicians indicated that they refer patients for chiropractic treatment.

Manual, non-invasive approach to health care

Chiropractors practice a drug-free, manual approach to health care that includes patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. In particular, chiropractors assess patients for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, extremity joints, and their effect on the neuromusculoskeletal system as a whole. As a result of taking a physical assessment and patient history, chiropractors are able to provide a differential diagnosis for the patient’s presenting condition(s) and develop a comprehensive treatment/management plan. Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic exercise, to utilize other non-invasive therapies, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Spinal manipulative therapy, also known as an adjustment, is the most common form of treatment utilized by chiropractors in clinical practice. It is a non-invasive, manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed through four years of intensive chiropractic education. An adjustment is a carefully controlled procedure delivered by a skilled practitioner to dysfunctional spinal or extremity joints. The primary goal is to decrease pain improve areas of reduced movement in the joints and supporting tissues, particularly of the spine and decrease muscle tightness or spasm through the restoration of normal mechanics and improved functioning of the spine, extremities and supporting soft tissue structures. It is important to stress however, that this procedure is considered to be only one of many tools that can be applied as a therapeutic intervention to help with recovery. It is not used in every case.

Adjustments rarely cause discomfort. However, as it is a manually applied therapy, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment which usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. For example, the technique is modified when treating children, pregnant women and older patients. Patients typically note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment. The vast majority of patients who seek chiropractic health care do so for complaints of the musculoskeletal system, most often for conditions affecting the spine such as low back pain, neck pain and headaches and research studies have demonstrated that chiropractic treatment is effective for these conditions.

Primary and complementary care

In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. Where other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Chiropractic care may also be palliative, providing symptomatic relief to patients with chronic conditions. By treating the musculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment may improve the general well-being of the patient. In this regard, Canada’s chiropractors are able to provide complementary care as one element of a patient’s overall treatment program.

Regulation & standards

Chiropractic is regulated by provincial statute in all provinces. Chiropractors along with medical doctors, dentists, psychologists, and optometrists have the legislated right and obligation to communicate a diagnosis and to use the title doctor. Each province has a regulatory college established by legislation in the same manner, and with the same structure and similar regulations, as the regulatory bodies for other health care professions. The regulatory colleges are responsible for protecting the public, enforcing standards of practice, dealing with disciplinary issues, quality assurance and maintenance of competency.

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from my medical doctor?

No. A patient does not have to be referred. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health care professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly.

How long are treatment plans?

As with any other health care intervention, appropriate treatment should have some outcome goal in mind, be it pain relief or optimal functioning. The duration of most treatment plans vary depending on a number of factors including the condition being treated, patient compliance to care and home exercises, and patient response to care. Our goal at Saúde is to help you return to your active lifestyle free of pain and with optimal function as soon as possible.
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Chiropody,Custom Orthotics, and Bracing

The following description of chiropody has been adapted from the Ontario Society of Chiropodist’s website. Please visit www.ontariochiropodist.com for more details.

The practice of Chiropody is the assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of diseases or disorders of the foot by therapeutic, surgical, orthotic and palliative means. Chiropody is practiced by qualified, regulated practitioners who have undergone government established and recognized programs and examinations. Only those who are registered by the Ontario College Of Chiropodist are licensed to practice as Chiropodists or Podiatrists.

At Saúde Centre, we utilize the services of a chiropodist to provide all orthotic and bracing needs to our patients. Our chiropodist has over 15 years experience working with a variety of clientele, from professional athletes to active seniors. He is available on a referral basis.

If needed, Dr. Candelaria is also available to prescribe, fit, and dispense custom orthotics. For more information on orthotics and custom foot wear, please click here.
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Functional Rehabilition and Therapy

This concept encompasses the philosophy of Saúde Centre. It includes the application of all therapeutic interventions necessary to help promote healing, recovery, and return to all that it is that you enjoy doing! Through the use of a functional movement screen we identify the faults in your neuromusculoskeletal system and correct them through exercise and injury specific therapeutic interventions.
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Instrument Assisted Myofascial Abrasion Technique (IAMAT)

This approach is used in conjunction with other hands on manual therapies to help improve range of motion, reduce tension in muscles and overlying fascia, promote healing, and remove scar tissue. It is applied with the use of various instruments including patented stainless steal tools, Guasha tools and The Runners Stick®. The benefits include a reduced recovery time from injury, resolution of chronic injuries or complaints that were thought to be permanent, and a decreased overall duration of treatment.
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Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine bases the application of acupuncture needles along key points and channels called meridians. Modern western medicine has studied acupuncture and found neurohormal and neuroanatomical bases for how the therapy works. For example, studies have shown that various points throughout the body can stimulate specific areas of the brain that correspond to nausea, pain, dizziness, and stress. Analgesia (pain control), increased blood flow, and assisting with inflammation are all additional and more commonly reported benefits of acupuncture.

Medical acupuncture therefore is a medical discipline having a central core of biophysical knowledge that embraces the integration of acupuncture from various traditions into contemporary biomedical practice.
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Mulligan® Mobilization with Movement Technique

This approach addresses specific movement anomalies that are often a major component of many neuromusculoskeletal complaints. By first performing specific tests to determine what tissues and joints are affected, the therapist then knows where and how to apply a specific force that helps to reduce pain while taking the patient through a specific movement. Essentially, through the repeated specific application of this force, the therapist can often times take the pain away! Self-mobilization techniques can then be prescribed to the patient to help speed recovery. Supportive injury specific taping techniques are also often times involved with the mobilization with movement technique.
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Registered Massage Therapy

The following has been adapted from the Ontario Massage Therapy Association’s website. For more information, please visit www.omta.com.

Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain. It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.

So whether it’s to help relieve your stress, help loosen you up for a competition, help with a nagging injury, it’s worth a visit to a registered massage therapist. Call to make an appointment today! 647-347-SAÚDE
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Radial Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new and innovative means of treating chronic injuries that have failed all other conservative approaches to care. Often times it is used as an alternative to surgical interventions. For more information on RSWT, please click here.
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Sport/Injury Specific Taping Techniques

Sport specific taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventive maintenance, swelling, and pain management.

These taping techniques exhibit have their effect through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems in the body. Also, the means by which taping techniques work essentially are related to the concept of proprioception, or your body’s ability to know where it is in space.

Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by external assistance. Employment of various taping techniques creates a totally new approach to treating neuromusculoskeletal complaints. For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of sport specific taping techniques as part of their treatment. Soon thereafter, the word spread to other disciplines; they soon began employing these novel taping techniques to help athletes achieve peak and optimal performance through the application of supportive and unrestricting elastic tape. Taping is now accepted by medical practitioners and athletes in Japan, United States, Europe, South America and other Asian countries.

These taping methods are applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.
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