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A: In our office we offer a Complimentary Consultation.
- There is no charge for the consultation and no obligation to follow through with treatment.
- During this appointment you can meet our Doctors to discuss your questions and concerns.
- If it is a Chiropractic issue we will help you.
- If it is not a Chiropractic issue we will refer you to a specific health care provider that can help you towards a swift recovery. Harbour City Chiropractic works closely with Medical Doctors, Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists.
- Call 250-758-1716 today for your Complimentary Consultation with our Doctors.
- Headaches and Migraines
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Mid back aching
- Low Back Pain
- Disc Injuries
- Radicular Pain (radiating pain into arms and legs)
- Foot and Knee Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Soft Tissue Injuries
1) JOINT ISSUES
Spinal joints that are out of alignment or not moving properly can make you feel stiff, sore, and tired. Left uncorrected, joint dysfunction can affect your health by irritating delicate spinal nerves. Instead of masking the dysfunction with drugs, chiropractic care seeks to locate the source of your symptoms and address the underlying cause, so the problem doesn’t keep recurring.
2) DISC PROBLEMS
Discs are susceptible to sustained posture and loading such as when you sit or stoop for long periods of time. These sustained postures are how many disc problems begin and can cause the discs to internally derange, bulge or herniate.
Spinal discs have a poor blood supply and they depend upon the circulation of fluids to keep them healthy and flexible. Discs that don’t move, don’t get adequate nutrition and degenerate. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible. A dry sponge is hard, stiff, and can crack easily
3) NERVE PROBLEMS
Nerves are delicate structures susceptible to stretch and compression by adjacent structures such as muscles, discs and joints. Injured nerves often swell following injury. The fluid which is retained in the swollen nerve increases the internal pressure of the nerve, limiting blood flow, and inhibiting the nerve’s ability to heal. This can affect the three types of nerves motor, sensory and organ nerves causing pain, numbing, and tingling (sensory nerves), weakness (motor nerves) and decreased organ function (organ nerves).
4) MUSCLE ISSUES
Faulty postural alignment is almost always associated with an imbalance in the surrounding musculature. Long term postural distortion can result in some muscles becoming shortened and fibrotic (fibrous scar tissue) while the opposing muscle becomes chronically overstretched and weak, unable to stabilize the joints during every day activity. This weakness leads to repetitive muscle, joint and disc injuries, even when engaging in everyday everyday activities such as picking up an item or stepping off a curb.
The decision as to whether or not your chiropractor takes x-rays will depend on the case information that he or she obtains from you as well as the information that is found during the physical examination. It is more common to take x-rays of older patients as they are much more likely to have “brittle bone disease” or degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) for example, which would change the type of treatment given by the chiropractor. Certainly chiropractors will usually take x-rays in cases of serious trauma to assess for fracture or of patients with a history of cancer.
However, x-rays are usually not necessary for patients with early onset of pain, no history of trauma, under age 40 and without any red flags.
The SEMG gives an objective measure of muscle tension/spasm.
It does this by measuring small amounts of electricity given off by the muscles when they contract. When there is dysfunction in or around the spine the muscles respond by tensing and bracing to compensate for the problem and attempt to protect the nerves, joints and discs from further injury. The SEMG can be used to show progress during the course of treatments.
The Thermograph is a non-invasive diagnostic tool, using infrared temperature sensors to measure body temperature. Areas that measure warm indicate acute soft tissue damage and areas that measure colder indicate long term chronic issues.
In under 15 seconds the thermograph rolls down the entire spine to detect these areas of asymmetry. The unit makes approximately 300 measurements and is very accurate.
Returning normal motion to the spine can lessen the risk of degeneration by improving nutrition to the discs and joints. Discs, joints, nerves and muscles all require movement in order to exchange nutrients and waste products. “Motion is Lotion” is a fitting analogy. And the discs must absorb nutrients and expel waste products through motion like a sponge, as they have very limited blood supply.
“ low back pain patients whose primary provider was a Chiropractor were significantly more satisfied with their care than patients whose primary care provider was a medical Doctor, orthopedic surgeon or HMO provider. Patients of Chiropractors (in comparison to the others listed above) more frequently responded that the information they received was excellent (47.1% vs. 30.3%), that a careful examination of their back was undertaken (96.1% vs. 79.9%), that the cause of their problem was clearly explained (93.6% vs. 74.6%), and that their satisfaction with the treatment of their back problem was excellent (52.1% vs. 31.5%).”
Carey, T.S., Garrett, J., Jackman, A., Mclaughlin, C., Fryer, J., Smucker, D.R. (1995) “The Outcomes and Costs of Care for Acute Low Back Pain Among Patients Seen By Primary Care Practitioners, Chiropractors, and Orthopedic Surgeons”, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 333, pp. 913-917.
Additionally, we consider other factors such as age, general level of health, pain intensity and your individual preference. No treatment is started until the process has been completely explained to you; including the nature of your problem, the proposed treatment and the treatment’s expected outcome.
Before receiving the designation of Doctor, Chiropractic students undergo an intensive and closely supervised internship program at a teaching clinic, where they learn essential skills in the treatment of patients. Chiropractic Doctors operate within a referral network and will refer to other disciplines when warranted. Prior to being able to open their door to you, Chiropractors must pass rigorous National and Provincial Licensing Board examinations.
Chiropractors have four years of hands-on training and education restoring motion to spinal joints.
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound – it’s exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. It is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, resulting in gas bubbles being released. There are many different adjustment and treatment options available catering to individual preference.
Generally, we begin treatment by relaxing the muscles and applying a moist heat pack. Then we carefully mobilize the spine with the goal of restoring mobility, decreasing pain and increasing quality of life.
Treatment is always within your comfort level and often can be quite relaxing. For further information see our Treatment options section.
- acute vs. chronic pain
- general fitness level ( strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health)
- poor posture
- stress (physical/emotional/chemical)
- age and recurrence of condition
Taking all these factors into account; our focus is to get your out of pain and restore motion to the spine within the most efficient time frame possible.
In the second stage of care, we focus on improving spinal stability and generally recommend specific strengthening exercises which focus on weakness and deficits detected during our examinations. Core stability exercises are usually part of our plan for long term stabilization and correction of the spine.
The daily rigors of computer work, commuting, stress and lack of time for one’s self are hard on the body. Many people use chiropractic “maintenance care” to function at a better state of health. The frequency of treatment depends on lifestyle factors such as your frequency of exercise, stress level, and nutritional intake.
For these reasons some of our clients choose to follow a pattern of regular “tune up” visits.
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