FAQs

What conditions do Chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors are trained to assess and treat disorders of the nerves, joints, bones and muscles of the body. The primary focus is on spinal conditions but includes the joints and soft tissues of the extremities. Common Conditions

 

When should I consider Chiropractic care?

Pain that lasts more than a few days should be evaluated. If the pain or problem is getting worse, affecting your sleep, work or sports activities, then it should definitely be assessed. Most people respond to treatment and are back on the playing field or at work sooner than just "waiting for it to go away".

 

How do I know if I have a spine problem?

Pain is the most common symptom that brings people to our office. Underlying spinal issues can however be present without pain, and are instead noted as an altered posture, restriction of movement, stiffness and a lack of mobility or a forced reduction of activities. Sometimes the indication may first appear as a problem in your arm or leg. The best way to check is to have a spinal evaluation.

 

What causes spinal problems to occur?

    • Physical Injury
      • Traumatic - falls, sprains, strains, muscle spasms, motor vehicle or work accidents, sports injuries, heavy lifting especially with twisting.
      • Repetitive - any action repeated over and over, such as bending, lifting, certain sports activities, poor posture and long hours of sitting or computer work.
    • Chemical Injury - inflammation, smoking, poor diet, excess alcohol, some medications, diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
    • Emotional Injury - stressful events or ongoing chronic stress that leads to tension, fatigue and pain.

 

Why is my spine important?

The spine protects the spinal cord and the sensitive nerves that connect the brain with the rest of the body. The spinal column is also the central 'frame' on which the head, limbs, ribs and many of the soft tissues attach. This frame, when aligned and properly mobile, enables our balanced, upright stance against gravity. The constant and compressive force of gravity is continually pushing downward on our head and body. Poor alignment produces fatigue, tension and pain as we try to compensate and maintain our upright stance.

 

Do Chiropractors treat sports injuries?

Chiropractors are involved in the treatment of sports injuries from the neighbourhood fields and rinks right up to Olympic and professional teams. Understanding the mechanics of injury, providing treatment and developing a rehabilitation plan is integral to return both the amateur and the high level athlete back to their sport. Over the years, many top athletes have talked about the value of chiropractic in their sport careers.

 

"Chiropractic care has reduced my recovery time from injuries and lessened my susceptibility to injury. I would recommend a physical assessment and chiropractic maintenance to anyone who is serious about their sport." Daniel Igali - Wrestling World Champion & Olympic Gold Medalist

 

I was hurt in a car accident or at work. Can I see a Chiropractor?

Both ICBC and Worksafe BC (WCB) recognize chiropractic treatment as an effective treatment for injuries sustained at work or in motor vehicle accidents.

 

Do I need a referral to see a Chiropractor?

No, a referral is not required to consult with a chiropractor. A referral is also not required if an injury occurred at work or as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

 

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to the vertebrae of the spine or other joints of the body. When a joint is adjusted, a tiny air bubble may form inside the joint causing a popping noise, similar to when you crack your knuckles. The air bubble diffuses away, but the adjustments correct the altered joint to restore proper movement, relieve pain, relax muscles, and improve function.

 

Do Chiropractors always use X-rays?

No, imaging or x-rays are done to obtain further information and can aid in the development of diagnosis. The need for x-rays is determined after completing the history and examination.