Medical, Therapeutic & Diagnostic Services Inc.
13270 Yonge Street,
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4E 2T2
Our spine has a vital function in your body. Not only does it support your body's weight, it also protects your spinal cord, which is the "central highway" of your nervous system. Your ability to walk, run, jump, lift, and feel almost every sensation from your head to your toes requires a healthy spine. Your spinal column is made up of 33 vertebrae (bones) separated by 23 discs. These vertebrae are connected by cartilage and work together in a very specific way. When everything is working well, your spine is in-line, strong and flexible. The stress of daily living, injuries, or accidents can cause the bones to shift out of their proper alignment or affect their range of motion. These small changes can cause you pain by putting pressure on the different joints, muscles, and nerves along your spine. If left untreated, misalignment of the bones can, over time, lead to potentially serious consequences manifesting in one or more of the following:
-Pain and stiffness of the joints
-Numbness in arms and legs
-Indigestion and heartburn
-Failure to focus
-Weakened immune system
-Lack of energy
-Premature wear and tear in joints
Chiropractic is a safe, natural (drug-free), non-invasive, hands-on treatment that aims to treat the source of your pain, namely, the misalignment of your vertebrae (bones). Chiropractic joint manipulation or "adjustment" is a treatment where the chiropractor uses her hands to apply a very quick, precise, and safe amount of pressure directly on the problem area of your spine. This pressure re-aligns the joints, relieves the stress on the joint and surrounding nerves, and facilitates your spine to return to its proper position. The adjustment is not painful, and often provides immediate relief.
Naturopathy, or Naturopathic Medicine, is a distinct, integrated system of primary health care offered by licensed physicians. It consists of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disorders by the therapeutic use of natural methods and materials. These might include Clinical Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Hygiene, Homeopathy, Naturopathic Manipulation, or ancient medical systems like those of China or India.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is an exciting and safe alternative to Plastic Surgery, Laser Surfacing and other surgery-based cosmetic procedures. It is a painless, non surgical method which can reduce the signs of the aging.
As a cosmetic therapy, acupuncture can be used revitalize and enhance the beauty of face. It is a non-surgical process, which helps rejuvenate the face and other parts of the body. Acupuncturists use an ancient needling technique to bring the flow of Qi (energy) and Blood to the face. This enhances the production of Collagen and Elastin, which helps to reduce wrinkles, diminish fine lines and rejuvenate dull skin.In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners work with the whole body ... not just the parts. Factors that contribute to the process of aging are taken into account. You will not only find yourself looking younger, but will notice an increase in your overall energy and feeling of health and wellness.
What are the effects of Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture helps generate younger, radiant and vibrant looking skin due to an increase in the circulation of blood and lymph in the face and neck. Cosmetic acupuncture increases the production of collagen, which is considered to be the essential protein required by the face muscles. It helps control hormonal imbalances in the body, which are responsible for blemishes on the face, hence it helps reduce acne and evens out the color of the face. Acupuncture helps enhance circulation of lymph, vital energy and blood which relaxes the skin and rejuvenates it.
Cosmetic Acupuncture will:
-Decrease the fine lines of the face
-Diminish the effect of deeper wrinkles
-Minimize frown lines, crow's feet and smile lines
-Firm the jaw line as well as reduce jowls
-Bring brightness to the eyes
-Lift dull, puffy skin and droopy eyelids
-Enhance muscle tone
-Decrease contraction of face tissues
-Moisturize and soften the skin
-Increase energy and feelings of health and well being
There are individuals who should not use the acupuncture method. These are people with: Severe high blood pressure (unless it is under control) Severe migraines (unless only once every 3 months or so)
Do not perform during:
colds or flu;
acute herpes outbreak;
acute allergic reactions
What is the procedure?
Cosmetic Acupuncture utilizes the natural processes of the body to develop enhanced circulation and improve skin tone. Very fine stainless steel needles are inserted in specific treatment points (acupoints) on the face and body. These needles remain in position for 30 to 40 minutes on your body’s response and treatment program developed by your Acupuncturist. A course of treatment varies and is largely dependent on an individuals age, lifestyle and what you would like to achieve for your skin. To get effective results, a series of ten treatments over a period of five weeks is recommended. Within seven to eight treatments, you will begin to observe changes in your skin tone.
Acupuncture for Weight Loss Obesity is one of the most common problems found today with adults as well as children. Possible causes of obesity may be excess intake of junk foods, lack of exercise and changing lifestyle. Obesity not only affects your appearance, but it gives rise to plenty of health related problems. That’s why, it is advised by the doctors to keep body weight under control. Nowadays, many people have become cautious about their health and they are adopting various ways to lose excess body weight. Some may go for diet control, some may join gyms or some try different medications. Acupuncture for weight loss is one of the most popular and safe methods. As it is a natural way to reduce weight, it imparts no side effects on your body.
What is Acupuncture?
Before you go for acupuncture for weight reduction, you need to know a little more about acupuncture and its effects. Acupuncture, originated from China thousands years back, is one of the oldest and most commonly used treatment methods used throughout the world. This technique involves insertion of hair-thin needles through skin at strategic points to various depths. Human body has about 2,000 acupuncture points and every point is related to various healing attributes. Acupuncture technique can be applied as an alternative treatment for a wide range of diseases such as depression, drug abuse, insomnia and weight loss. Ear acupuncture can be effective applied to treat organs like kidneys, nervous system, liver and lung. When acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on skin, then release of endorphin hormone is stimulated which has relaxing and calming effect. It enables you to deal with frustration, stress and anxiety, which can be triggering factors for overeating and indulging in fattening foods. However, you need to take this treatment from skilled acupuncturist.
Acupuncture for Weight Loss?
Among different methods of weight reduction, acupuncture is found to be very effective as it works in a natural way. In this therapy, long, thin, sterilized needles are inserted into the body and ear, which stimulate release of endorphin offering relaxing and calming effect. It can control binging, which may originate from stress. Excessive eating results from excess stress, anxiety and frustration, which may be a major cause of obesity. Acupuncture can control stress and anxiety and keep you relaxed so that your tendency of overeating is reduced.
How Acupuncture helps for Weight reduction?
Acupuncture treatment focuses on modification of lifestyle in developing a weight loss program. Acupuncture helps to reduce food cravings, increase metabolism and improve body-wide circulation. It is more specific to decrease cholesterol levels and overall body weight by mobilizing energy stores. Acupuncture also helps to reduce anxiety, reenergize body, suppress appetite and control overeating.
Various acupuncture points are selected for each treatment, as there may be different symptoms. Generally treatments are scheduled once a week for 10 to 12 weeks. It involves a combination of body and auricular (ear)* acupuncture, herbs and supplements, breathing exercises as well as food and lifestyle recommendations.
Ear Acupuncture is especially found to very effective for weight reduction. Auricular acupuncture points are stimulated using small tacks and then seed-sized beads or magnets are taped to these points in order to enhance the effectiveness. Some common points selected by experienced acupuncturist to effectively lose weight safely and within short period of time are thyroid (to slow metabolism), mouth (for impulsive eater), stomach (obese), spleen (sugar and hormonal imbalance) and endocrine (ability to gain weight because of water retention). When patient unnecessarily gets food cravings in between the meals, then mild pressure is applied or ear staples are rubbed ( 2 - 3 min) . It stimulates release of endorphin that helps to relax and achieve control over food craving. Maintaining healthy body weight is a must for everyone and you may opt for acupuncture, which is a promising method for. weight loss.
Acupuncture for kids:
Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in treating a variety of conditions in children. Children Acupuncture is an ancient practice in which very fine needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points on the body to relieve pain and treat disease.
Acupuncture can be used to treat childhood illnesses, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), eczema, asthma, depression, and upset stomachs in kids. It can also help with bedwetting. Depending on the condition, the specifics of the treatment (frequency, dosage, strength) needed may vary. Conditions such as simple diarrhea or fever can be treated with one possibly two treatments, while an eating disorder may take up to or more than 10 total sessions. If more than 10 sessions are needed a slight break between sessions will take place, then back to more treatments.
Children's sessions at our clinic usually last for between 20-30 minutes.
The following symptoms, diseases and conditions have been shown to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
-Epilepsy Cerebral palsy
-Loss of Memory
-Mental disorders Deafness
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. It helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
Massage improves stress management and is widely used to help obtain relief from chronic tension and pain in muscles, to improve circulation, to increase flexibility in the joints and reduce mental and physical fatigue. It will relieve muscle tightness especially the back and neck area where most of us store tension. Muscles can become so contracted that they press on nerves to the arms, hands and legs, causing pain, tingling and numbness.
Massage can release muscle spasm and tightness to bring relief. Hot Stone Massage This wonderful massage therapy has its roots far back as the ancient world. Today, hot stone therapy is becoming widely known for its therapeutic and deep relaxing benefits. The technique involves placing water-heated smooth stones of various sizes on key points on the body or face. The resulting deep massage and sensation of warmth and comfort is not to be missed. The hot stone experience can relieve pain; promote harmony and balance within the body. The addition of aromatherapy and soft music to this therapy has an amazing effect on mood and heightens feelings of well-being. Relax and enjoy the wonderful sense of stillness. Remember the therapy is all about you and the restorative benefits it has to offer.
Thai Herbal Stem Massage
Herbal stems are traditional massage tools that have been used in Thailand since ancient times. They help to help release toxins and blocked energy, relieve muscle tension and joint pain and increase circulation in the body. Thai Herbal Stem Massage combines traditional massage techniques with therapeutic herbs and essential oils bundled up in the stems. The oils and resins are steamed to release their healing properties and are then massaged over the body. The oils are absorbed into the blood stream through the epidermis and they react with the body's chemistry in a sympathetic and gentle way.
For sanitary reasons, each pair of stems can be used up to a maximum of 6 times, over 2 weeks, on the same client only. Used stems can be kept in the refrigerator or in a dry place for more effectiveness and extended use.
Our Thai Herbal Stems are handmade in Thailand and are vacuum-packed to ensure freshness and purity. A blend of herbs wrapped in unbleached cotton. No preservatives or chemicals are added.
Ingredients: Zingiber Montanum Rosep (Plai), Turmeric, Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime Peel and Leaves, Camphor, Tamarind leaves, Sweet Flag, Mountain Ebony Leaves, Somboil (Thai common name for Acacia Concinna), Jeang Leaves, wrapped in unbleached cotton.
What is Oxygen Enhanced Microdermabrasion?
Using an advanced system of crystal microabrasion and gentle cleansing suction, our professionals can gently remove dead and damaged skin cells bringing healthy, vibrant skin cells to the surface. Our microdermabrasion techniques will not only treat the damaging effects of the sun, but will reduce the severity of wrinkles, stretch marks, enlarged pores, and scars.
Take your skin therapy to the next level through the use of the oxygen facial with Oxy Oasis™ Oxygen System. Using Oxy Oasis™ our skin care professionals can supply your "new" skin with an oxygen enriched anti-aging and moisturizing treatment. The oxygen facial treatments will protect the fresh skin revealed by microdermabrasion while it is most vulnerable, ensuring that it's soft, smooth, vitality is preserved.
Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion & Pure Oxygen Combo Facial:
The recovery time after the Microdermabrasion treatment: There is very little recovery time needed after Microdermabrasion. Your treatment area may feel slightly sunburned, tight or redness of the skin after the procedure, but this should last only a few hours. Our staff will recommend a moisturizer to use after your treatment and mildest cleansers only . Your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun after Microdermabrasion, so please wear a high-quality sunscreen with a SPF 40-50. You should avoid Alpha-Hydroxy Acid, Glycolic Acid products and skin exfoliation scrubs 7-days before and 7-days after a treatment. We discourage the use of full face make-up, such as liquid foundations or pressed powder foundations for 24 hours after a treatment.
Requires multiple sessions (4 to 6) and maintenance treatments. To achieve desired results, it is recommended that your initial treatment consist of 4 to 8 treatments performed every 10 to 14 days.
An individualized skin care program may be recommended to maximize results.
The Ear Candle is a natural system which derives from an ancient Chinese tradition.
Ear candles are useful for headaches, migraines, stress, tinnitus, sleeping disorders, blocked ears and sinuses, and glue ear on children.
Ear candles have physical function. A light suction action (chimney effect) and the movement of the flame create a vibration of air in the ear candle, generating a massage-like effect on the eardrum.
The practice of ear candling dates back approximately 2,500 years to the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Tibetan and American Indian cultures. Today, it is practiced by many cultures and is taught in German medical schools.
As the candle burns, smoke moves the debris out of the ear. Osmosis (diffusion through a semi- permeable membrane, e.g., skin) plays an important role as the smoke soothes the sinus and nasal cavities. Excess ear wax is moved through the ear canal into the cone.
Benefits of Ear Candles
-relieves pressure in ear canal and sinus
-improves hearing; safe removal of excess wax
-helps balance & equilibrium including vertigo
-helps eliminate ringing & itching in the ear
-fewer ear aches & infections
-fewer ear-related headaches
-feeling of cleanliness
-helps fight infection
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy, or osteopathic medicine, is considered to be both an art and a science. It was founded in the late 1800s by an American doctor and Scottish physiologist and is currently practiced widely in the USA, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and now Canada.
The osteopathic approach is based on the intrinsic health and vitality of the patient, as the body is always striving to self-heal and self-regulate. The structure and function of the body’s systems do not work in isolation – they are connected to all other systems, as well as to the environment, the mind, and the spirit. Imbalances in one area or structure often create compensations or impaired function in another. Using hands-on techniques, osteopaths work on these interconnected stresses and strains to help the body to correct imbalance.
Osteopathic manual practitioners have a comprehensive understanding of the connections within the body, based on a thorough knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of body systems in both health and disease. Osteopathic technique involves refined and specific palpation based on this understanding. Osteopathic techniques include visceral (working with internal organs), cranial (working with bones and fluid systems), fascial (working with connective tissue systems), and musculoskeletal (working with joints and muscles). Techniques are applied to each patient in a unique and individual way.
Osteopathy can benefit patients of any age, with a wide variety of conditions. Depending on the condition, treatment can be aimed at preventative care, reduction/elimination of symptoms, or supporting conventional medical treatment.
What are the benefits of Osteopathic Treatment?
-Removes the underlying cause of pain
-Reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints
-Increases range of motions in the joints
-Treats spinal problems resulting from poor posture or spinal disk injuries
-Relieves chronic pain through non-invasive treatment
-Decreases the stress on the joints
-Reduces tension in the body
-Relieves tension headaches and migraine headaches
-Helps the body to adapt to hormonal and structural changes during pregnancy
-Reduces scars and adhesions
-Treats trauma resulting from accidents (Sport injuries, Motor vehicle injuries)
-Encourages the body to heal itself
-Reduces blood pressure
How does Osteopathy help the body to heal itself?
The body is often able to take care of itself, to compensate for injury. However, in some instances, the injury is greater than the body’s ability to adapt or heal. In other instances the body is not currently capable to regroup to be able to heal itself. This inability may be created by a number of reasons, and the injuries, sometimes even minor ones, start to create a problem. In those cases, treatment is necessary to restore the balance within your body and assist your body to be able to use it natural reserves and strengths to heal itself. Osteopathic treatments are based on enabling your body to function properly.
Basic principles of Osteopathy are:
Good circulation is essential in order for the body to get proper nutrients, and for the removal of waste products. Example: What happens to the water in a pool when you leave it for too long, without movement (e.g. if the water pump is broken). The water becomes cloudy, begins to smell bad and algae start appearing. The same thing happens in your body if the normal movement of certain part is restricted. The movement may get restricted due to distortion of the tissue after an injury or due to the pull from some other tight structure that did not heal properly after an old injury. As explained, lack of movement leads to the development of stasis, congestion of bodily fluids and pain and other problems appear.
If allowed, the body is able to heal itself. Here is a simple example: When you cut yourself, the cut heals on its own, without any action on your part, i.e. you do not have to use any medication or cream for minor cuts. But sometimes, as the cut, or an injury heals, it may create a scar that may pull on the surrounding tissue. Osteopathy then assists your body, by applying very precise techniques to remove tensions created by an old (that you might have forgotten you had.) or new injury. By removing the tension, the body regains its natural ability to function on its own and the tissue, by getting enough oxygen and nutrients, restarts the process of healing itself.
Minor injuries may create a much bigger structural problems eventually if ignored. For example: if you walk in shoes that are too small. First, you are going to feel some slight discomfort, after 2-3 hours, you might start to limp, after 4-5 hours you might start experiencing back pain, and at the end of the day you would most likely feel exhausted, frustrated or irritable. And, it all started with shoes that were just slightly tight. Your family and friends probably would not notice your tight shoes but they would notice the way you walk and your facial expression.
In this case, it is very simple to remove the problem, as the pain will most likely disappear as you take your shoes off, but if you continue wearing them for a few days or months, some of the changes in your walking and posture and spine will start to set in, and it will be harder for the pain to disappear as you take your shoes off. Osteopathic medicine is very beneficial in correcting such issues.
Would you like to improve your general health? Want to lose weight? Need specialized dietary advice to help you manage cardiovascular disease, diabetes, digestive problems, osteoporosis or other medical conditions?
Registered Dieticians are food and nutrition specialists that are regulated by the College of Dieticians of Ontario. Registered Dieticians are the recognized experts in translating medical and nutrition information into practical individualized therapeutic diets, healthy meal plans, and nutrition education for health and wellbeing.
Did you know…
that walking puts up to 1.5 times a person’s body weight on the foot? In fact, during one hour of strenuous exercise, feet cushion up to one million pounds of pressure. Consequently, foot pain should not be ignored especially since it’s critical to the biomechanical function of the ankle, hip, knee and back and can lead to additional but avoidable health problems and pain in these other areas, directly impacting quality of life.
Compression socks are a type of hosiery that give extra support and better blood circulation to the people who wear them. They are sometimes called support socks, but should not be confused with athletic socks or diabetic socks (which do provide health benefits, but do not always work the same way). Compression socks are specially designed so that the pressure on the foot and the leg beneath the knee is graduated. Why is that so helpful? Other socks can constrict the limbs, so that when the body pumps blood, the gravity “traps” some of the blood in the feet. These can lead to edema or swelling and other circulatory problems such as thrombosis and phlebitis. Even those who don’t develop medical conditions will experience discomfort.
What you take out of your body is just as important for your health as what you put in. With today’s chemical laden food production techniques and our lifestyles, our bodies are more likely to be saturated with toxins that are ingested from what we eat and drink, generated from our own bodies and absorbed from environmental pollution.
Our clinic’s Ionic Detoxification program can assist you on your path to wellness! The treatment is painless, with no drugs, no harmful side effects and it takes only 30 minutes per visit.
Benefits of Ionic Detoxification:
Increases Energy Levels
Want to know a secret?
The secret to a successful weight loss and management is not dieting – it is full body Detoxification!
One of the ways the liver deals with impurities is to increase body fat. Diets are not successful for long term weight loss because they don't address the need to detoxify the body of impurities. A smaller body means an increased percentage of impurities in relation to body mass. The body senses the increased level of impurities and goes into emergency fat production - REBOUND!