What are Chiropractic adjustments?

chiropractor adjustment

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. One of the cornerstone techniques in chiropractic care is the chiropractic adjustment. So let’s talk a bit about what chiropractic adjustments are, how they work, and their potential benefits!

What Are Chiropractic Adjustments?

Chiropractic adjustments involve the skilled application of controlled force to a joint. The goal is to improve the joints function and alleviate pain. When the muscles around the joint have been tight for prolonged periods of time, or the body has sustained some sort of injury – this can cause the joints to stiffen up and have reduced range of motion. This stiffness can lead to: headaches, sharp pains with certain movements, and nerve irritation to name a few. By using manual techniques to manipulate the joints, chiropractors aim to restore proper alignment and mobility to the affected area.

How Are Adjustments Done?

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Chiropractors first start by assessing the area of pain. This might include asking you to do certain movements, they may perform special orthopaedic testing or by palpating the area. Some Chiropractors will also use x-rays during their assessments.

During a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor uses their hands or specialized instruments to apply quick, controlled force to a specific joint. This is a safe technique and does not involve the cracking of any bones. This quick thrust forces the joints to open up back to it’s normal range – and this often creates the “popping” or “cracking” sound. It’s just a gas bubble release from the tight joint space – imagine pulling a suction cup off a wall – when you pull it slowly it doesn’t make that pop – but if you pull it off quickly – it gives you that satisfying sound!

In Ontario, Chiropractors have at least 4 years of specialized training during their doctorate program for becoming a chiro. When performed properly – adjustments are a safe and effective option for pain relief. However – it is important that you are getting adjustments from a trained professional – because if done wrong – it can do more harm than good.

Benefits of Getting an Adjustment

  1. Pain Relief
    • One of the primary reasons people seek chiropractic care is to alleviate pain, especially in the neck, back, and joints. Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pain associated with conditions like sciatica, herniated discs, arthritis, and muscle tension.
  2. Improved Mobility & Function
    • Adjustments aim to restore proper alignment and movement of the spine and joints. This can lead to improved mobility and function, making it easier to perform daily activities, workouts and improve your sports performance
  3. Reduced Muscle Tension
    • Chiropractic care often includes soft tissue manipulation techniques, such as massage and myofascial release, which can help reduce muscle tension and improve circulation.
  4. Prevention of Injury
    • Regular chiropractic care may help prevent injuries by maintaining proper spinal alignment and joint function. Athletes and individuals with physically demanding jobs often seek chiropractic care for this reason.
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Chiropractic adjustments can offer a range of potential benefits, particularly if you have musculoskeletal issues, pain, or certain health conditions. It’s important to note that the effectiveness of chiropractic care can vary from person to person, and not everyone will experience the same results.

At Axis Therapy & Performance our Chiropractors always combine a manual therapy & exercise therapy into your sessions. Your appointments will be minimum 30 minutes long – we don’t just crack and go!

Ready to experience the benefits of seeing a Chiropractor?

Axis Therapy & Performance – Physiotherapy, Chiropractor, RMT Scarborough
1585 Markham Rd, Unit 308
Scarborough, ON M1B 2W1

Axis Therapy & Performance – Physiotherapy, Chiropractor, RMT, Naturopath Riverdale
377 Broadview Ave, Unit 101
Toronto, ON M4K 2M7

Not Getting Regular Sports Massages? Here’s what you’re missing out on.

Written By: Axis Therapy & Performance June 8, 2023

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What’s the one thing that as an athlete you are always striving for? To run faster, jump higher, lift heavier. Let me ask you another question – would you ever imagine a race car driving NOT having a trusted mechanic? Getting regular sports massages can be the key to unlocking your performance!

What Is Sports Massage Therapy?

Sports massage therapy is a type of  massage that is specifically designed for people who are involved in athletic activities. As a sports massage therapists, we use a very targeted approach which includes the manipulation of soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments, to help improve athletic performance, prevent injuries, and aid in the recovery process. 

cupping therapy and sports massage

When Should I Get TREATMENT?

Sports massage therapy can be used before, during, and after competitions/races/events or training sessions. Before an event, it can help prep your body for activity by increasing circulation and flexibility. During an event, it can help reduce muscle tension and improve range of motion. After an event or training session, getting appropriate treatment can help speed up your recovery process by reducing muscle soreness and improving circulation

3 Ways Sports Massage Therapy Can Level Up Your Game

  1. Reduces muscle soreness and tension

Athletes experience muscle soreness and tension due to the physical demands of their sport. During training and competing your muscle fibres physically breakdown creating soreness and built up tension in the muscles. 

Seeing a sport RMT can help reduce muscle soreness and tension by improving blood flow and lymphatic circulation. By increasing circulation, we help reduce the build-up of lactic acid and other waste products in the muscles, which can contribute to soreness and stiffness.

Targeted and specific treatment also helps to reduce trigger points in the muscles. Trigger points can occur as a result of overuse or injury, and can cause discomfort and pain. By using specific massage techniques, such as deep tissue massage and targeted trigger point release therapy, sports RMTs can effectively relieve the pain and discomfort associated with nasty trigger points.

  1. Enhances athletic performance

As we all know, as an athlete – you are always looking for ways to improve their performance. Sports massage therapy can be the key to unlocking this. By reducing muscle soreness and tension, sports massage therapy helps you recover more quickly from workouts and training sessions. This means that you can train more frequently and more intensely, which can lead to improved performance.

Sports therapy also helps improve range of motion and flexibility. By releasing muscle tension and improving circulation, sports massage therapy can help you move more freely. More mobility and flexibility means more efficient movements, less cramping, bigger ranges of movement and more control of your body. 

  1. Reduces the risk of injury

As an athlete – you are at risk of injury due to the physical demands of your sport. Getting regular treatment can help reduce the risk of injury by improving muscle function and reducing muscle imbalances. Improving muscle function helps ensure that the muscles are working together properly, which can reduce the risk of strain or injury.

A sports massage therapist can also help identify areas of the body that are prone to injury. By assessing your posture and movement patterns, we can identify areas that may be at risk of injury. We can then use massage techniques to help improve the function of those areas and reduce the risk of injury.

sports massage therapy, neck pain

Overall – sports massage therapy is an important tool for athletes who are looking to improve their performance and recover from injuries. By reducing muscle soreness and tension, enhancing athletic performance, and reducing the risk of injury, sports massage therapy can help athletes stay healthy and perform at their best. If you are an athlete or are involved in athletic activities, consider adding sports massage therapy to your training regimen to level up your game!


Axis Therapy & Performance – Physiotherapy, Chiropractor, RMT Scarborough
1585 Markham Rd, Unit 308
Scarborough, ON M1B 2W1

Axis Therapy & Performance – Physiotherapy, Chiropractor, RMT, Naturopath Riverdale
377 Broadview Ave, Unit 101
Toronto, ON M4K 2M7

5 Reasons You Need a Sports Medicine Naturopath in Your Corner

May 4, 2023 Written By Dr. Nana-Adjoa Bourne, ND

Naturopath consultation

When you hear someone talking about sports medicine, a naturopathic doctor (ND) might not be the first type of healthcare provider you think of. They might not even be the second. Sports medicine looks at both injury recovery and performance optimization for the athletic population. Whether you are an elite performer, a self-proclaimed “weekend warrior”, or just getting into physical activity for your general health, seeing a sports med doc gets you on track to know what your body needs and the best way to keep moving.

As an ND, I focus on holistic health, lifestyle management and “root cause” care – meaning, getting down to what’s really going on with your health. I love working with the body’s innate healing power and our natural environment to get people started on the right path to understanding what best fuels them and what they can do to keep performing at their best – on and off the field. I work with my patients to come up with the strategy we need to best support your health goals and provide that accountability along the way to help you stick to them, until they become the new habits that are best for your lifestyle.

So, when you combine those two together, you get a sports medicine naturopathic doctor – the strategist that works with you holistically to support you in your injury recovery and performance goals!  

What a mouthful! 

And you still might be on the fence, so here are 5 reasons why a visit with a sports medicine focused Naturopath is worthwhile:

1. You’ve suffered from an injury or have a reoccurring pain/issue that crop up

This is usually one of the first things that come to mind when you think about sports medicine. Understanding pain and managing chronic injuries is a big part of this discipline, and naturopathic doctors are here for it. Now, I can’t reset your leg after a break, but I will be there to make sure you keep as much muscle mass as possible for those 6 weeks you are in a cast, because nutrition and supplementation plays into this. Not only that, but your care after a concussion, an ACL tear or even around surgery can benefit from a naturopathic approach to make sure your body is ready to go as soon as the primary injury is healed. Having an ND and our holistic medical training helps to understand and see the entire injury recovery process – from start to finish. 

I will make sure your body is flush full of all the right nutrients, supplements, vitamins and mineral to speed up your recovery time! Reoccurring or nagging pain/injuries can also be a sign of underlying nutritional deficiencies (ie. iron, B12, vitamin D, magnesium). I can go order and review bloodwork to make sure everything is up to par! Did you also know “normal” levels for most people may not actually be quite adequate for athletes that are training heavily?

2. Preventing Game Day/Competition Day Fatigue & Burnout

Have you ever had those long tournament weekends where you are just drained after only the first event? Well, a sports medicine Naturopath can help with giving you tips and strategies to help you maintain your energy throughout the entire weekend. We are trained in multiple types of care that can support game day, from snack tips and meal timing to quick acupuncture or B12 injections that get your muscles awake again for the next event. This is of course not the long-term solution that the ND will work with you towards, but understanding when it’s necessary for that moment is a bonus of the sports medicine focus.

3. Optimize Your Sports Performance

B12 injections

This is the 2nd most common thing that’s thought about when you hear sports medicine, and this is where Naturopaths thrive. Our goal with all our patients is to make sure that you are not only “fine” with your health, but in OPTIMAL health. This includes optimal sports performance. Whether you are feeling sluggish at practice, or you’ve plateaued in your performance, an appointment with a Naturopath can help you get to the root of this and support your recovery towards optimization. This goes beyond the basics of sports nutrition and wellness store supplements (although, all still discussed!). We go deeper and individualize your care to understand your specific needs based on your body’s chemistry and advanced testing so we know exactly what to recommend and how those recommendations will influence your performance. Talk about individualized care!! 

4. Effective, Clean Medication Alternatives

Not to say that medications don’t have their place, but some of them don’t have their place in sports performance, especially at the elite levels. A Naturopath can look at the medications you are taking and help you determine what they are needed for and if they are safe for sport (i.e., will it flag you for performance enhancing drugs). With certain medications, a natural alternative can be recommended. NDs also have access to resources that share whether a drug or supplement passes the NSF safe for sport specifications – meaning I can make sure all your recommended supplements are not only effective but allowed in a competition setting depending on your association’s rules and regulations.

Sport supplements

5. Mitigate the negative effects of irregular habits due to practices/competitions/training

Being in sport can be stressful. If you aren’t careful, the schedules and pressure take a toll on the body, not only physically because of injury, but physiologically and mentally too – messing with your sleep habits, eating/ digestion patterns, hormone levels, etc. With an Naturopath on your health team, these habits can be properly monitored, and support can be given to make sure these irregular patterns don’t cause long term consequences. Whether it is teaching you to correct the patterns or supporting you through them with additional treatments (because sometimes, you can’t stop that late night game from interrupting your sleep cycle!). I understand this and will do everything I can to make sure both your performance and health don’t suffer.

The best thing is that working with an ND also allows for the space to collaborate and work with your physical medicine healthcare providers, like your physiotherapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers, as you strategize and support your overall health. There is more to your injury recovery than the rehab exercises and strength training, you’re prescribed; there is more to performance optimization than adding pre-workout and BCAAs. I’m here to help you think beyond the standard sports medicine/ injury recovery methods so you can know how to sustain your body past the injury or exhaustion and throughout your entire life.

Nana-adjoa Bourne Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Nana-Adjoa Bourne, ND

“Taking dancers and athletes from overworked and underfueled to strong, confident, and injury free; making their performance feel as effortless as it looks.”

Dr. Nana-Adjoa Bourne, ND is an Ontario registered naturopathic doctor focusing in sports medicine and pediatric care. She believes in her patients being empowered to take care of their health and emphasizes the basics in nutrition, stress management, and injury prevention in order to get them there. As a dancer and lifelong athlete, she understands and cares about sustaining a healthy lifestyle that can keep her body moving and performing optimally in whatever it does. With all her patients, she enjoys talking about the importance of gut health and its relationship with every aspect of the body, including hormones and mood while addressing the whole person on a holistic level.