Dr. Adam Markew, Newmarket Chiropractor
Dr. Adam Markew graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and completed his under graduate degree at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University.
With over seven years of experience Dr. Adam welcomes all those who are looking to enhance their health and quality of life, including children, adults and seniors.
Families choose to see Dr. Adam because they want to take a natural approach to better their health. Every patient receives a very thorough examination, including detailed history of your current health condition, a standardized neurological exam, relevant orthopaedic tests, postural and range of motion testing and in-office x-rays (only if necessary needed for your complaint).
The approach Dr. Adam uses with each patient is unique and suited to that patient's specific needs and goals. Although not everyone will be able to jump and sprint again, many patients can look forward to a much better quality of life for years to come.
Corrective Chiropractic - Corrective chiropractic care addresses pain, stiffness and other symptoms that affect an individual by finding the root of the problem that has lead to these specific symptoms in the first place. Specifically the structure of the spine is assessed to determine if, first and foremost, there is anything that can be corrected.
If the structure of the spine is compromised (out of alignment) this will cause uneven strain to be placed on its components and as a result it will cause those areas to deteriorate at an increased rate. As a result symptoms like pain and headaches are common but most patients do not realize that this can have an impact on their nervous system and ultimately their overall health. This manifestation of the vertebrae having an effect on the nervous system is referred to as subluxation by some chiropractors.
We see many patients who come in with general symptoms like back pain or shoulder tightness and after correcting the root problem they start to notice improvements in other organic conditions like heart burn and IBS. Dr. Adam will be the first to tell you there is no "special chiropractic adjustment" to improve these organic conditions but by improving the mechanical function of the spine and making slight changes to exercise and diet, your body will begin to function more optimally, and it is not uncommon to notice improvements in other aspects of your health.
Acupuncture - Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, but only became popular in North America in the 1970’s. There are many variations of acupuncture but the two distinct forms are referred to as classical acupuncture and modern acupuncture.
Classical acupuncture has many origins but the most commonly referred form is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine otherwise known as TCM. There are a 361 TCM acupuncture points that are located on 14 different meridians. Modern acupuncture, sometimes referred to as western acupuncture supports that acupuncture is a wonderful modality for stress relief, pain relief, tissue healing and activation of immune and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.
Both forms have been used with electric stimulation which is called percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) which produces a greater analgesic effect and can target specific muscles, “turning them on” after an injury and prior to rehabilitation.
Acupuncture is great for certain conditions, ranging from knee osteoarthritis, acute low back pain, to chronic knots in the upper back.
Orthotics - Custom orthotics and footwear can be very helpful for some people. Orthotics are definitely not for everyone but for the people who need them they can make huge improvements in the way they feel. Some common conditions that orthotics can help with are, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot), heel pain, achilles tendon pain, tendinitis, low back pain, and knee pain.
"If you only have a hammer, all you see is a nail."
It is important to have many different tools in order to complete a job correctly. It is no different when we assess and care for patients. Everyone is an individual, there are anatomy variants and different conditions. For that reason Dr. Adam Markew uses a variety of techniques.
Thompson Drop Table - This technique uses the weight of the patient's body to assist the adjustment. This makes the adjustment easier on the patient. Although the sound of the table may be loud to someone new, patients are surprised that there is an alternative to the traditional techniques.
Activator - A low force instrument assisted technique that is great for children and adults. This is great for sensitive patients or patients with osteoporosis.
Diversified - When most people think of a chiropractor this technique is usually what they picture. This is a traditional "crack" technique when used properly should cause no discomfort and very minimal twisting to the spine.
Active Release - A soft tissue technique that helps to alleviate muscle strain on the spine.
Webster's - This is specific to pregnant chiropractic patients. It helps to reduce intra-uterine stress on the baby and alleviate discomfort for mom, by assessing the pelvis and round ligament.
Your First Visit - Exam
Your first chiropractic visit is really important. This is where we will do a thorough history where we listen (really listen) and determine what the best course of testing will be. Once we determine if we should proceed, we will perform a specific spinal examination including but not limited to, neurological testing, thermography study, postural analysis, weight distribution, and structural x-rays. At this point any questions or concerns you have regarding the testing should be answered.
Typically your first visit is strictly testing, so if you are at all apprehensive about seeing a chiropractor this should put your mind at ease. The one exception to this is when a patient comes in with severe pain and discomfort and we are able to check all tests and rule out any potential red flags.
Your Second Visit - Results
This is the most important visit you will have in our office. We will explain what it is we are looking for and trying to accomplish with your chiropractic care. You will also better understand what the root problem is that has been causing the symptoms that brought you into see us in the first place.
At this point we will give you our recommendations on what needs to be done to correct the problem and what type of effort will be required. This is a perfect opportunity for patients to ask questions about care, about their condition or any worries they may have. We take the time to do our best to put all patients at ease so they feel comfortable and understand what will be done so they can have better health.
Chiropractic on Eagle
407 Eagle Street, Newmarket, Ontario