What do you love the most about the Oakville community?
The Oakville community is a very health conscious and active community.There are lots of opportunities for outdoor and active pursuits with all the trails and the water front, which helps its population to want to stay active and healthy to take advantage of all that Oakville has to offer. For this reason, many Oakville families are very proactive about their health.
Why did you decide to become a chiropractor?
When I received amazing care by a chiropractor for injuries I sustained after a bad car accident, I knew this hands-on form of treatment was the way I too could help make a difference.Now I own a successful multidisciplinary clinic in Oakville where we treat Oakville families of all ages and abilities, as well as teach at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. I also have a background working with children with special needs for over 10 years as a behavioural therapist.It was greatly rewarding to be able to do hands on work with them every day and be both challenged and fulfilled by the work we were doing.It drove me to search for a way to further that experience providing hands on care through chiropractic to improve the quality of life for children with special needs, as well as the families and communities who care for them.
What two words would best qualify what you do?
Evidence-based – Practicing as an evidence based chiropractor, I use a combination of clinical experience and research based evidence to form a comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient.
Holistic - We like to look at the whole person and use a combination of treatments, depending on the specific needs of the individual patient. I start by obtaining a medical history, examining the patient and establishing a diagnosis. From this I develop an individualized treatment plan that not only includes chiropractic care, but also other therapies and assistance with nutrition, diet and lifestyle.
What brings you the most satisfaction in practicing chiropractic?
I enjoy working with patients who want to get better and are willing to actively participate in their care. Helping someone achieve their health or activity goals, is so rewarding whether it is an adult looking to compete in a high level sport or a young patient with pain from a physical disability. In both cases, there is much we can do to help decrease pain, and improve their quality of life.
What surprises people the most when they learn about what you do and how it can benefit them?
People are surprised to learn that chiropractors can treat more than your back!I have many patients with rotator cuff injuries, knee injuries and ankle and foot problems.As chiropractors, we can do more than just adjust the spine, we work on the muscles and ligaments, do modalities such as laser and acupuncture, and provide rehab exercises to our patients as well.These types of treatments fit with the best evidence for treatment of these conditions (evidence based) and help us also treat the whole person (holistic).
What achievements are you the most proud of?
I am the most proud any time one of my patients achieves a health or lifestyle goal they have set for themselves while under our care.From elite athletes to the special needs child looking for a decrease in pain to help get through their daily activities, we love celebrating those achievements with our patients!
We are so proud of our little patient Jayden. He was born prematurely at 27 weeks and weighed 2lbs. He has been deemed multi-challenged. Diagnosed with Autism, Cerebral Palsy & hearing loss, he wears a hearing aid in his left ear & has a cochlear implant in the other. As a result of these difficulties, his dream is to be just a regular kid. Hockey, soccer & baseball are all out of the equation for him. Jayden eats, sleeps & breathes cars. When he discovered Go Kart racing, he really bloomed! “In a Kart all is equal, he’s just another regular kid.” (Jayden’s Dad). We have organized a 5 km run in Oakville for the past 3 years to help Jayden continue his dream of being a regular kid and continue racing. We have helped him be able to continue to race and reach the podium as one of the top racers in his division! The funds from this year’s run are not only going to continue to help with his racing, but are also going to the Reach Out Centre for Kids to help more kids like Jayden achieve their dreams. I am so honoured at the support the community has given to this cause and can’t wait for this year’s event!
Do you work with children?
Back to school is a great time to think about having your child checked by a chiropractor. With loading up backpacks with all their new school supplies, backpacks can get quite heavy. Carrying a heavy load that is improperly distributed can result in poor posture. This can cause muscle strain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage.Chiropractors can give advice on getting a properly fitted backpack, and posture checks to ensure your child stays pain free.
Other times to consider bringing a child in for an appointment are major milestones, such as starting to sit up, crawl, and walk; if he or she experiences a trauma or fall; or if you notice any signs of imbalance, such as limping or head tilting. If you have any concerns about your child’s motor development, talk to your chiropractor or doctor.
There is also great research on chiropractic care for infants. I also see many newborns in my practice to check for and treat infant torticollis as well as difficulties latching with breastfeeding.
I am also very passionate about treating children with special needs.Often their medical diagnoses can cause painful muscles and joints or difficulties with movement or range of motion.After a thorough assessment, there is often much that can be done to help decrease some of their pain and discomfort and improve their ability to move.
When should someone seek the advice and opinion of a chiropractor?
Are you suffering from low back pain?
Do your headaches never seem to go away?
Have you been injured at work or suffer from repetitive strain injuries?
Have you been injured in a car accident resulting in injuries, including whiplash?
Are you active in sports, but after the game have stiff joints or shooting pains?
Are you pregnant with an aching back?
Do you suffer from fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions?
Are you having trouble enjoying retirement because those aches and pains are getting in the way?
Are you concerned with the health of your whole body, and are looking for a different approach to health care?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should arrange a consultation with us!
During pregnancy, there is an increased strain on a woman’s body. Over 60% of women will experience low back pain during their pregnancy, especially during the third trimester when the baby’s head is pressing against a woman’s back. Chiropractic treatment for low back pain related to pregnancy is a safe and effective alternative to over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Chiropractic care has been shown not only help relieve back pain occurring in pregnancy, but may also decrease delivery time and labour pain.
What do you tell people who are nervous/anxious about the possibility of receiving an adjustment?
Chiropractic treatment is a safe, drug-free, non-invasive therapy that can be used to treat, among other things, neck and back pain and headaches.
As noted by the Ontario Chiropractic Association in their information for the public: Chiropractic “has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk. Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, some may experience temporary pain, stiffness or slight swelling.”
That being said, chiropractors have many other techniques beyond just adjusting of the spine.After doing our thorough health history and physical, we review the options that would be best for you and your unique situation, and come to an agreement on what would work best for you and your condition and comfort level with treatment.
What can someone expect at their first visit?
On your first visit, we do a thorough history of the injury as well as a complete medical history.After that we do a physical exam, including orthopedic and neurological testing.Once we have completed our assessment, we sit down with you and discuss our findings, our diagnosis and treatment options, leaving time to address any questions you may have before deciding to start treatment.
Interested in learning more about how Dr. Carole and her team can help you and your family? Get in touch today to set up a time to connect.