Sault Chiropractors



There are a variety of chiropractic manipulative procedures and techniques including Diversified chiropractic adjustments, Cox Flexion & Distraction, Thompson Drop and gentle low force Activator technique just to name a few. Chiropractic adjustments help to mobilize segments in the spine which are not moving as freely as the segments around them. Adjusting fixated joints keeps the joints moving and prevents joint degeneration. Techniques can be modified on an individual basis to provide comfort, confidence and relaxation with each chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Tridico and Dr. Dumanski have years of training, expertise and experience helping patients get pain relief from back, hip, knee, ankle, elbows, wrists, shoulder and jaw issues and headaches etc. 
Adjustments are performed safely and recommended for the entire family, from newborns to the elderly and everyone in between. Chiropractic care can also be used to even prevent injuries and help you achieve overall wellness.


graceINDICATIONS:  Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical, comfortable traction therapy used for the treatment of bulging or herniated discs, pinched nerves/sciatica, anteriorlisthesis, retrolisthesis and spinal stenosis.  During this procedure, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. This method has been proven highly effective and in many cases, can actually help avoid the need for surgical intervention.

EFFECTS: The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: This method is usually not recommended for pregnant women, or patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage.  However, every patient is evaluated on an individual basis. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws and metal plates) is also contraindicated. Surgery to the discs without fusion or fusion using bony replacement is not contraindicated.


Soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia etc.) around joints are an area of focus during chiropractic treatments.  Most of the activities of daily living involve repetitive use of muscles which may lead to muscle adhesions or scar tissue. The chiropractors are educated in techniques such as massage, trigger point therapy and active release techniques.  Such techniques increase circulation thereby reducing recovery time, breaks down muscle adhesions allowing muscles to relax and also increases joint mobility. 


Often confused with a diagnostic ultrasound (found in hospitals and medical clinics), this ultrasound is different.  Diagnostic ultrasound uses sound waves to deliver an image of an affected area.  The therapeutic ultrasound, used in a treatment setting, also uses sound waves traveling 3-5 cm into the soft issues.  The sound waves can be administered in either a vibration or a heat setting. A vibration setting is often used in an acute or subacute phase and is designed to increase blood flow, decreases inflammation and helps to break down scar tissue. The heat setting also increases blood flow and massages soft tissue, thereby helping tight muscles relax around the affected area.

Ultrasound help to start the healing process at the most basic cellular level speeding up recovery time. Treatment time is usually 8-10 minutes.


The use of moist heating pads helps to decrease muscle spasm and tension, by increasing blood flow to the affected muscles.  Reducing muscle tension helps with delivery of a more comfortable chiropractic adjustment (joint manipulation).  Treatment time is 10-15 minutes and is often used in conjuction with electric stimulation.  


This modality uses low frequency electrical current on or around the affected area to help the body in the healing process. This modality is very comfortable and has a soothing effect. Essentially, use of this specific modality helps muscles relax and reduce trigger points by helping stimulating the body to make its own natural pain killers, often referred to as endorphins.  This modality helps reduce or eliminate the need for prescription muscle relaxants or pain relievers. Treatment time is usually 15-20 minutes.


Cryotherapy is an inexpensive method involving the use of ice packs to reduce inflammation in the body. If there is pain, there is inflammation. Especially useful in acute and subacute phases of injury, ice compresses will effectively reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.  General recommendations is using ice compresses for 10-15 minutes and can be applied several times in the day.  More specific instruction will be given in the office once the condition(s) have been assessed.


cuppingThis technique has its basis in traditional Chinese medicine.  Static dry cupping uses plastic or silicone cups and suction to bring excess blood flow to an affected muscle and tissue. Redness is common with the procedure. Benefits include:

  • Increasing circulation
  • Releasing scar tissue adhesions
  • Releasing trigger points
  • Providing instant pain relief
  • Reducing muscle tension and spasm

Contraindications include:

  • Neural tissue sensitivity 
  • Blood diseases (e.g. Haemophilia),  patients on anti-coagulants (“baby” Aspirin excluded)
  • Dermatitis
  • Open wounds
  • Varicose veins
  • Hernia
  • Severe edema
  • Severe health issues (e.g. congestive heart failure, renal failure, etc.)
  • Areas near large veins such as groin region
  • Systemic inflammatory conditions (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Infections (e.g. patient presenting with fever & chills)
  • Genital regions


acupunctureAcupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical approach to treatment of health problems. The practice of acupuncture involves the use of very thin needles inserted into the skin for the purpose of controlling and regulating the flow and balance of energy in the body. The insertion of the needles are virtually painless. 
Western acupuncture is similar in that it involves the insertion of needles designed to help treat a musculoskeletal condition.  This office uses the Western approach of acupuncture. We view it as another modality to increase blood flow to an affected area.  Blood flow is necessary to speed up the healing process.  We have seen remarkable improvements in those suffering from headaches/migraines, knee pain, TMJ, neck and back pain, etc.


We teach our patients how to properly perform special "blueprint" exercises to stretch and strengthen areas of your body which may be contributing to pain. Many of these corrective exercises can actually be performed in the comfort of your own home to help improve the effectiveness of your chiropractic care and spinal correction plan. Along with skeletal misalignment, muscle imbalance likely is present and needs to be addressed. The targeted corrective exercises and stretches from our chiropractors will help you feel good while also helping your body achieve balance and health.


Kinesiotaping involves the use of latex-free, hypoallergenic, water resistant, adhesive tape applied to the skin.  The tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce inflammation, prevent injury, stimulate more circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis. Based on the clinical evaluation, recommendations may be made on its application, whether the tape strips will be applied in single “I” form or in an “X”, “Y” or other shapes.


Many patients come to our clinic to address a specific pain symptom such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. While the chiropractors are addressing the specific condition(s) with chiropractic care, we often find it helpful to "coach" our patients towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. For example, there may be certain activities which should be avoided or performed differently to prevent further injury.  The goal of including lifestyle advice with a chiropractic care plan is to help each patient continue doing activities they love to do. We recognize that each patient is a whole person, not just a condition we are treating, and we use our expertise to help everyone achieve optimal health and wellness.


The goal of chiropractic care is to help patients achieve optimal health by providing specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices. Which foods contribute to inflammation? Which supplements and vitamins are good for you? We can provide each patient with nutritional counselling based on their individual needs and condition(s).