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Rib Strain Pain Relief

A rib strain is an injury to the muscles around the ribcage, typically caused by a sudden movement or direct strain on the rib muscles. Whether it’s an injury from work, playing sports, keeping fit or just getting older and not being in the shape we once were, Chiropractors at CARESPACE in Kitchener Waterloo can help.

Call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

Effective treatment for rib strains

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There are many causes of rib strains

Common causes of a rib strain include forceful coughing, breathing too hard during physical activity, getting hit in the chest and falling in a certain way. If you feel you may have sustained a rib strain, it is best to consult with your chiropractor or physiotherapist. Treatment usually comprises of massage therapy, cold and hot packs, stretches and strength exercises. For severe injuries that cause pain when moving even slightly, your chiropractor or physiotherapist may recommend soft braces or tape to immobilize the ribs for a few weeks for optimal healing support.

Get the best treatment to help your rib strain

We all know that health and wellness is important, but with so many competing priorities, it’s hard to stay on top of it. CARESPACE provides the best treatment options to help heal your rib strain quickly. CARESPACE uses a result-oriented, natural approach to rehabilitation and wellness with your choice of Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy. CARESPACE practitioners work together to understand both your primary concerns and long-term health goals. Multidisciplinary evidence-based plans are designed to address the root causes and are developed to provide fast and long-lasting relief to ensure you can start living your healthier life today.

A rib strain is an injury that occurs to the muscles and tendons surrounding the rib cage. It can cause pain when breathing, coughing, or even when moving. The most common causes of a rib strain are lifting heavy objects, excessive twisting of the upper body, or direct impact such as a fall or collision. If diagnosed early enough, resting for a few days and icing the affected area may be enough to reduce symptoms.

A rib strain can cause pain, discomfort and limited movement in a person’s chest. Symptoms of a rib strain may include tenderness or bruising in the affected area, inflammation around the ribs, pain that worsens when laughing, coughing or deep breathing, difficulty with certain movements and feeling like something is ‘popping’ in the chest.

Treating a rib strain usually involves combining various forms of chiropractic, physiotherapy, and massage therapy. Chiropractic is helpful in restoring normal alignment between the ribs and the spine to reduce pain. Physiotherapy can help with stretching and strengthening exercises to improve mobility and support the ribcage area as it heals. Massage therapy can be used to relax painful muscles, ease inflammation, and reduce spasms. All of these treatments should be administered by qualified health care professionals for best results.

Get the best rib strain treatment that's right for you


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Chiropractors are health care professionals focused on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through joint manipulation, exercise and education. Available both in-person or online with TeleCARE.

Massage Therapy

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Massage Therapists use a range of soft tissue and joint stimulation techniques. Massage stimulates blood flow, restores muscle elasticity, and relieves built-up tension to repair your body and allow a calmer outlook on life.



Physiotherapists work with you when you’ve experienced a work or sports injury, or are suffering from a chronic condition. You’ll improve strength, increase range of motion to restore your body’s functionality. Available both in-person or online with TeleCARE.

Not sure which discipline to select?

Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy can all be effective for a rib strain. Choose any one of the above. Once the initial assessment has been completed, you will be directed to the discipline and practitioner who will be able to deliver the best results.

Still not sure? Simply give us a call at (519) 208-2273 and we will help find the right therapy for your needs.

You're only 15-minutes away from pain relief!

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Please call us at (519) 208-2273 to talk with our live-answer Reception Team who will be happy to book, reschedule appointments or answer any of your questions, or book online now.

Please call us at (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

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I was suffering from neck pain And numbness Dr. Shannon Webster, BA, DC Chiropractor, is helping me. Acupuncture helps me with pain, enhances my mood. She's fantastic, Dr.
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I cannot recommend Dr. Shannon Webster and Dr. Michael Torreiter enough. Both are super friendly and understanding and it has been an absolute pleasure to have met them and been treated by them.

I have been receiving treatment from Dr. Webster for a few months and I've been feeling much better. I had sever knee, shoulder and back pain. I couldn't squat or do push ups without my joints screaming at me. But now I'm not able to only do all those but also feel stronger. The most important piece is that she listened and took my history of many injuries into consideration. And as a dancer, I couldn't have asked for a better chiropractor who not only helped me feel better but also understood my needs.

I also brought my grandmother to Dr. Torreiter for her back pain for acupuncture. He was extremely kind, understanding, compassionate and everything that I could ask for. He made her feel comfortable and explained every step during each treatment. He made sure that she was well taken care of and also made other important referrals that lead to her recovery.

So far I have referred my whole family to these two wonderful individuals and everyone's experience has been equally great. Thanks to them we all are doing much better!