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Dr. Kapil Deswal is in private practice in Etobicoke, Ontario.  He has successfully treated low back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, headaches, whiplash injuries, and work and sports related injuries.  He believes in a holistic approach to patient care, and is committed to his patients in healing and recovery.
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NOT ALL FEET ARE CREATED EQUAL!

ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR ORTHOTICS????

 

The structure of your foot supports your entire weight.    Your feet are a complex system of 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments and 38 tendons and muscles, containing 25% of all the bones in your body.  In your lifetime, your feet will take over 100 million steps, with every step making an impact on your body. The slightest misalignment of muscles and bones can cause many different problems. 

The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics may begin with any of the following:

  • Localized foot pain

  • Arch, heel pain

  • Burning on the bottom of feet (especially first thing in the morning that gets a little better with walking)

  • Leg, knee pain

  • Bunion and hammer toes

  • Hip or back pain

What can you do?

Your Chiropractor can prescribe foot orthotics to help correct your body/foot imbalance.

What are prescription orthotics?

Prescription orthotics are medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance.  Orthotics work on feet in the same way braces work on teeth – by exerting a gentle consistent pressure to bring foot muscles and bones into proper alignment.  They fit comfortably in shoes and are usually made of flexible moulded thermoplastic.  The devices are always made from custom precise impressions taken of your feet.

How do they help?

Your feet are the foundation of your entire body.  They do an incredible amount of work each day.  The smallest imbalance can cause a great deal of discomfort, but properly fitted prescription orthotics help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body and bring relief from fatigue and pain.  Orthotics are so comfortable and help your feet work so naturally that you will want to wear them as much as possible.

The wearing of Orthotics?

In your shoes your feet rest comfortably on the orthotics.  Your feet are gently and consistently forced into the correct functioning position for walking, running and standing.  Pressure points, improper rotation of the foot, painful muscle strain, and abnormal forces on the legs, hips and spine are eliminated because orthotics enable your feet to function properly.

So, Does everyone need them?

The answer is NO!!!  You must be properly assessed by a professional, like a chiropractor with special training in orthotic assessment to see if you require the device.  As with any medical device, proper assessment for need and the correct prescription for the right correction is required.  After all, would you wear glasses if you didn’t need them?? and at the same time, even if you needed glasses, you would want the right prescription for them.

Call us at 416-743-2584 if you have any questions or to book your free consultation to see if you are a candidate for orthotics.

 

 

More of your Questions????

 

Some Chiropractors won’t really do an exam before treating me?  Is this safe?

 

No. All good chiropractors should perform an in-depth exam including a past medical history, a detailed look at your chief complaint, and an Orthopaedic/Neurological exam before offering you a diagnosis.  By looking at you past medical history and performing these and other tests is the only way a Chiropractor can advise you if you are a candidate for Chiropractic care.   Otherwise it’s like treating something blindly.  If your chiropractor does not do an exam on you and explain to you if you are/are not a candidate for chiropractic care, walk out of that office and find another chiropractor.

 

What is this Informed Consent form that I have to sign?

 

Informed consent form is something a good Chiropractor uses as a consent to treat form.  This form is used after the appropriateness of chiropractic care for the individual patient is ascertained and stated to the patient, and the alternative modes of care are also offered to the patients.  This allows the patient to be informed of the problem being addressed, and how it is being addressed.  All good chiropractors are informing their patients about the course of treatment and what to expect from chiropractic care.  Is yours?  If not, ask for an informed consent form from your doctor of chiropractic.  It is your right!

 

Is Chiropractic a new type of Health Care?

 

Not at all. Chiropractic care has been around for thousands of years.  Over the past 100 years or so, defining terms like “Chiropractic”, “Medicine”, “Dentistry” have brought together certain types of care under respective umbrella names.  As a matter of fact, manipulation as used by chiropractors has been documented as being performed in ancient Greek and Egyptian times.

 

Some of my friends have expressed some concerns about chiropractic safety and effectiveness.

 

Any health care procedure has the potential for things to go wrong.  This can range from very minor, such as soft tissue irritation, to something more serious.  You should remember, however, that when compared to other therapies/procedures, chiropractic is safer and more effective.  In fact, people usually undergo chiropractic care before moving onto something that might carry a greater risk.

 

I’d feel better if I knew that many people visited a chiropractor, are there any numbers?

 

Recent stats have shown that over 3 million Canadians see a chiropractor every year.  That is approximately 12% of the population.  The good news is that, the number are on the rise as more and more Canadians discover chiropractic and find out how good they feel when they include chiropractic in their health care needs.


A LITTLE INSIGHT TO YOUR QUESTIONS 

 

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY AND YOUR BODY WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU

 

What is Chiropractic?

 

Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy that concerns itself with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nervous system without the use of drugs and surgery. “Chiro”(hands)-“practic”(practice) is the use of hands to manipulate the spine and the soft tissues to restore proper function and balance between the neuromusculoskelatal system (“neuro”- nerves, “musculo” – muscles, “skeletal” – bones). 

 

Can Chiropractic help me?

 

Chiropractic has shown very good success rates for many different types of conditions from back pain, foot pain, neck pain and even headaches.  It is important for you to realize that not all conditions have the same cause.  Back pain may be due to many different reasons ranging from strain/sprain, arthritis, to kidney problems like stones that are out of the scope of chiropractic.  It is important for a Chiropractor to examine you to find out if Chiropractic is for you and if not, then refer you to the appropriate specialist.

 

Is Chiropractic safe?

 

Chiropractic is one of the safest among the healing arts professions.  There have been thousands of reports and research done proving Chiropractic safety and effectiveness.  Due to the conservative approach to Chiropractic medicine, Chiropractic adjustments are safer than surgery, medications, and even aspirin.

 

Can Chiropractic prevent back surgery?

 

In many cases, YES.  The spinal cord is a very intricate part of your body that is very complex in its functions and its position.  A lot of orthopaedic surgeons are very hesitant performing surgeries as the risks outweigh the benefits of “poking” around in an area and performing a procedure in a highly neurologically complex region that may end up doing more harm than good.  There are many surgeons opting for conservative care such as Chiropractic and leaving surgery as a last resort.

 

Chiropractic education? 

 

Lot of people are not sure as to what type of education is required to be a Chiropractor.  Chiropractic is a regulated health care profession in Canada and Chiropractors have the same level of education as your medical doctor or your dentist. Chiropractors go through an intensive science program involving extensive training in anatomy, physiology, diagnostic imaging, and general diagnosis.  Where the education differs is in the area of specialties.  In the 3rd and 4th years of a traditional medical program, students go into rotations for pharmacology and surgery and other rotations.  Chiropractors in that time frame go into specialized rotations in Diagnostics (Imaging and Diagnosis) and techniques specializing in neuromusculoskeletal care.  

 

Do I have to go to a Chiropractor forever?

 

Some people go to their Chiropractor or their Medical doctor when they are sick or when they are in pain.  What lot of people don’t realize is that pain and feeling sick are just the symptoms of an underlying process and not the problem itself.  Unfortunately, a lot of people have a mindset that they will do whatever it takes to get rid of the pain and once its gone, they forget about it.  Having the cause addressed and treated is still a little strange to some but the mindsets are changing.  People are starting to realize that, if they have to go to their dentist every six months for a cleaning or to maintain their teeth so their teeth wont bother them as they get older, shouldn’t they have their spine and their joints maintained as well.  Same concept.

 

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY AND YOUR BODY WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.


ARE YOU HEALTHY?

Canadians are constantly bombarded from the time they are born with false images of what it means to be healthy.  To many, the state of optimum health is merely an absence of the signs of symptoms that constitutes a disease.  Advertising giants and pharmaceutical companies have strived and to a great degree succeeded in convincing the large array of the population that “popping a pill” or “drinking some formula” will “cure” the disease.  That is why most of us don’t think twice about taking medication, or popping a pill, or even consider the side effects of any medications.

 

Do pills work?  Absolutely.  Medicine has come a long way in managing situations that require attention after we have misused and abused our bodies.  Many times environmental and genetic factors place a large role in our state of physical and mental health, but the key to anything in life is balance.  We all require a “ balance of care” to be optimally healthy in life.  If you think you may know what to do during those times when you get “sick”, don’t you think you should consider having a plan to make sure that you don’t!!  

 

Pain pills and “formulas” may mask the symptoms of a problem; in no way do they cure anything.  Pain is a body’s response to indicate a lack of balance and highlight a problem. If you numb the pain receptors in the body, then does the underlying problem go away? To illustrate this point, lets ask ourselves a question: Are headaches caused by an Aspirin deficiency?  Of course not!  But this is what the pharmaceutical companies would like us to believe.  Not only are headaches not caused by a lack of aspirin, but also continuous aspirin use can have serious side effects, including ulceration and bleeding of the lining of the stomach not to mention increased rebound headaches.  One needs to understand that headaches are a symptom of a disease process and not the disease itself.  We, as Canadians, are hiding our poor health with drugs.

 

I am a Chiropractor who is very passionate about what I do.  I am not going to tell anyone not to do something that doesn’t feel right to them.  My message through my articles and my practice will always be to help people attain a balance in life.  If you can take a minute in your everyday life to think about the type of gas you put in your car, don’t you think that you can take the time to ask your doctor and yourself about what exactly is this pill for? Do I really need it?  Side effects? Am I really sick?

 

My focus through my science, art and the philosophy of my profession is to try to make you think.  Chiropractic is not about your back. Chiropractic is not about your pain.  Chiropractic is about your life!! 

 

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instead interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

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* Dr. Kapil Deswal earned his Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. He is certified by the Canadian Board of Chiropractic Examiners, College of Chiropractors of Ontario, and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (United States). 

He is in private practice in Etobicoke, Ontario.  He has successfully treated low back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, headaches, whiplash injuries, and work and sports related injuries.  He believes in a holistic approach to patient care, and is committed to his patients in healing and recovery.

 

For an appointment or to find out more about Dr. Deswal, Please call: 416-7-HEALTH.