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Compression Hosiery

Compression Hosiery by Therafirm

Medical gradient compression hosiery are designed to improve venous and lymphatic flow in the lower extremity.

Blood must circulate from the lower extremities back to the heart against the forces of gravity.  In healthy veins there are valves that, when open, allow flow of blood up toward the heart; closing of the valves prevents backflow and pooling of blood in the legs.  In unhealthy veins, the valves are weak and the walls of the veins become stretched and farther apart; the result is valves that cannot close fully, thus permitting backflow of blood.

Application of external compression, such as that provided by compression hosiery, compresses the diameter of the vein and:

  • increases blood velocity;
  • aids incompetent valve cusps to meet (i.e. close properly); and
  • reduces edema.

Therafirm stockings deliver a controlled amount of pressure - greatest at the ankle and gradually decreasing toward the top of the stocking.  Gradient pressure promotes better venous flow which helps to control:

  • swelling;
  • varicosities;
  • leg fatigue; and
  • other problematic leg conditions.


Who can benefit from wearing compression hosiery?

People who experience any of the following conditions:

  • tired, aching, fatigued legs
  • swollen feet, ankles, legs
  • prolonged sitting or standing
  • chronic venous insufficiency
  • moderate to severe varicose veins
  • expectant mothers
  • sclerotherapy
  • lymphedema
  • overweight
  • family history of venous leg disorders

You may also consider compression hosiery if you work in any of the following professions:

  • doctor, nurse, medical professional
  • teacher, educator
  • police officer
  • flight attendant
  • office worker
  • construction worker
  • sales - retail, tradeshows

The THERAFIRM Advantage

  • Various compression levels for mild, moderate or firm support
  • Variety of styles for men and women: trouser socks, knee high, thigh high, and full panty hose
  • Comfortable: made with Micro-Cool process creating a wicking effect, allowing quick evaporation of moisture
  • Fashionable: variety of shades and knit pattern textures

Ask your healthcare provide if Compression Hosiery is right for you!

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Laser Therapy

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) therapy, or "photobiomodulation", is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to create therapeutic effect.  These effects include: improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling.

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Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy

During Laser Therapy, the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and increases the metabolic activity within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane.  This process initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.

Physiological Effects of Laser Therapy

  • decreased pain levels
  • reduced inflammation
  • increased tissue proliferation and regeneration
  • accelerated soft tissue and bone repair
  • increased tissue tensile strength
  • enhanced nerve regeneration & function
  • increased cell metabolism
  • increased enzymatic responses
  • increased cell membrane potentials
  • increased microcirculation & vasodilation
  • increased lymphatic flow
  • increased collagen production
  • enhanced angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels)

Numerous Studies Show That Laser Therapy Can With:

  • tendinopathies
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow ) and medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
  • ligament sprains
  • muscle strains
  • repetitive stress/strain injuries
  • plantar fasciitis
  • osteoarthritis of shoulder, back, knee
  • fibromyalgia
  • sports injuries
  • auto & work related injuries

Why is the K-Laser Different?

K-Laser is the most powerful laser on the market offering four wavelengths of light, and intense super pulse activity, providing:

  • targeted tissue response
  • greater depth of penetration
  • faster treatment times
  • improved and accelerated healing, and therefore fewer treatment sessions

With the K-Laser, you get better faster!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?

There is little or no sensation during treatment.  Occasionally one feels mild, soothing warmth or tingling.  Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

Are there any side effects or associated risks?

During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported.  Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few day, as the healing response is more active after treatment.

How long does each treatment take?

The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.

How often should a patient be treated?

Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain.  More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.

How many treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated.  For some acute conditions, 1 to 6 treatments may be sufficient.  Those of a more chronic nature may require 10 to 15 (or more) treatments.  Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before the results are felt?

You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment.  Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments.  This does not mean nothing is happening.  Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?

Yes!  Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and even surgery.  Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of treatment.

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What is Digital Thermography?

Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging (or Thermography) is a non-invasive test that uses an infrared camera to detect and measure abnormal thermal changes in the body.  In general, problem areas show high tissue temperatures due to increased blood flow and increased metabolic activity.  Thermal changes can often be the earliest sign of vascular disease, immune dysfunction, and systemic inflammation.  Recording these thermal patterns can aid in diagnosing and/or monitoring inflammation, pain, or illness in any part of the body, and can help provide warning signs to areas of concern whether or not you are experiencing symptoms.  

Thermography tests your body's physiology, in comparison to other tests (X-ray, mammograms, ultrasound, MRI) which test the structure or anatomy of your body. The scan is non-invasive, produces no radiation, is economical, and is medically approved technology.

Indications for Thermography

Thermography can be used to aid in the diagnosis and prognosis of a variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Autoimmune Dysfunction;
  • Breast Disease;
  • Cardiac Dysfunction;
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome;
  • Inflammatory Disease;
  • Nerve Dysfunction;
  • Stroke Screening;
  • TMJ Dysfunction, and more!

Thermography is often used as a screening tool for early detection of breast disease, which is frequently the key to successfully treating these conditions.  It offers a viable option for women who should: not be exposed to radiation, are post-surgery, under the age of 50, have dense breasts, or have breast implants.

How We Can Help You!

Healing Touch will be offering Thermography services in our clinic approximately every three months (usually Jan, Apr, July, Oct). The scan is performed by a trained technician, and the images are sent to medical doctors (U.S. Board Certified MD Thermologists) to review and generate a report.  Dr. Cheryl then helps interpret the results and provides recommendations for follow up.


Please call 905-634-5495 to book an appointment.
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Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio® Taping (KT) method was developed by a Chiropractor, Dr. Kenzo Kase, in Japan over 30 years ago.  It is a unique taping technique that utilizes flexible, elastic tape to support joints and muscles.  Unlike traditional athletic tape, Kinesio® Tape does NOT restrict motion or compromise circulation.  The elastic properties of the tape, combined with application techniques, allow the tape to lift the skin microscopically; this unique effect not only helps to alleviate pain, but also enhances circulation and lymphatic drainage (the body’s waste disposal system).  The tape can be applied to muscles to facilitate contraction or to help relax tight/injured muscles.  KT can also be used to stabilize damaged joints and ligaments.

Watch a Video: Original Kinesio Taping Method

Properties of the Tape

  • Kinesio® Tape was designed specifically to mimic the qualities of the skin.
  • The tape stretches longitudinally up to 30-40% of its resting length, approximately equal to the elastic quality of human skin; this elastic property of the tape lasts 3-5 days. 
  • The elastic polymer is wrapped by 100% cotton fibres, which allows for evaporation of body moisture and quick drying.
  • The thickness of the tape is approximately equal to the epidermis (outer layer of skin), and thus limits the body’s perception of weight on the skin.
  • Kinesio® Tape is latex free and does not irritate the skin.  It is easily removed, leaving behind NO glue residue.
  • The adhesive is heat activated and becomes more adherent the longer the tape is worn.  It is 100% acrylic, and is applied in a wave-like pattern to assist in lifting the skin and to promote escape of moisture.


Kinesio® Taping can be used to treat all types of patients, ranging from Olympic athletes to more sedentary individuals, and is beneficial for a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle strains
  • Rotator cuff syndrome (shoulder conditions)
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Knee conditions
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Severe contusions (bruising)

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