4 Myths about Chiropractic Care

We’ve heard these sayings before – but did you know that some of them are myths about Chiropractic Care? 1. Once you get a chiropractic treatment, you always have to go back When Consumers’ Report reviewed the top treatments for back and neck pain in September of 2011, chiropractic outperformed all other treatments: it is no secret that it’s an excellent means of pain relief. Does this mean that you have to always go back once you start? The simple, quick answer: no. Recommending that patients return for periodic visits is no different than dentists recommending monthly to yearly visits to help prevent cavities and gum disease. After resolving your pain issues, most chiropractors will give you the option to receive periodic chiropractic care to minimize the likelihood of future recurrences or development of new problems. But it’s still just an option which you can choose to take advantage of, or not! 2. Chiropractors CRACK bones Chiropractors do not crack bones, they don’t crack joints: in fact, no joints in the body touch each other. What actually happens is this: between the bones that make up a joint, you will find an envelope with fluid in it. When a chiropractor gently shifts a joint back to where it’s supposed to be, the envelope releases gas that’s in the joint fluid, and that creates the sound you hear. 3. Chiropractors don’t work on soft tissue – only joints While chiropractors are definitely known for manual manipulations/adjustments, they can also receive training in treating soft tissue problems, and can also attain special certificates/training to provide very effective treatment for a huge...

Questions To Ask a New Chiropractor

The first thing to consider when deciding what kind of chiropractic care you’re looking for is what kind of experience would best suit your availability and schedule, your expectations for what kind of relationship you’d like to build with your chiropractor, and what of treatment options you’d like to have readily available for you. To better understand what kind of practice it is, here are some questions to ask a new chiropractor: 1. How long are your appointments? Appointment lengths can vary from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the kind of practice it is: some have a simple ‘show up, get adjusted and leave’ set up that is perfect for people who know what they like to have done and can benefit for a quick visit. Others encourage much longer visits where follow-up and feedback are important, and a relationship can be fully developed, which are more appropriate for people who are looking to have a dedicated chiropractor know and follow their case. 2. What treatments do you provide on-site? Some practices focus only on manual manipulations and basic heat/ice therapy, while others can offer a wide variety of options, including: o Graston Technique ® o Active Release Techniques ® (ART) o Soft tissue treatment o Ultrasound Therapy o Massage Therapy 3. How do you determine how many visits I’ll need? You will always want to choose a chiropractor whose aim is to help relieve your pain in as few visits as possible, and who will continue to evaluate your progress at every visit so that you avoid going in more often than you need to....

4 Things to Expect from ANY Calgary Chiropractor You Choose to See

Whether it’s your first visit, or you’ve been seeing a chiropractor for years, you should expect the following 5 things with ANY Calgary chiropractor and at ANY time: 1. Your Calgary chiropractor should be documenting your visits very carefully: case history, physical exam findings, written diagnosis – etc. Everything from your concerns, visit findings, to goals you’ve established as part of your treatment plan should be documented without fail. You should always be able to access these records. 2. Constant dialogue: there should be open communication between yourself and your chiropractor before, during and after your visit. Any concerns should be given full attention if and when they are brought up. You should also be able to connect directly with your doctor – at your request – either by email, phone, etc. You should also always be given options for care, and the opportunity to be an active participant in the decisions regarding your chiropractic treatment plan. 3. Your sessions should always feel relevant to the problem that you’ve presented, as well as respectful and engaging. At no time during your visits should you feel pressured, rushed, or that the information given to you is misleading. You should also feel comfortable refusing consent to treatment at any time. 4. There should never be a suggestion that long-term care contracts are necessary and the only way to maintain proper health. Your chiropractor’s aim should be to help you achieve results in the shortest time frame possible, and always be comfortable referring you to other health care practitioners or another chiropractor when clinically...

All About Calgary Chiropractors and Chiropractic

What Do Calgary Chiropractors Do? Doctors of chiropractic are experts in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions and disorders related to the spine, nervous system and musculoskeletal system; this includes the back, neck, head, pelvis, and extremity joints. These kinds of conditions and disorders can present themselves as: – Back pain – Neck pain – Headaches – Arthritis – Whiplash & auto accident injuries – Strains & Sprains – Repetitive Strain Injuries – Work or sports injuries – Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs These conditions and disorders often stem from sports injuries, work accidents, motor vehicle accidents, daily activities that put unconscious stress on the body, or even something as simple as a fall, or having slept in the wrong position. Chiropractors work with you to resolve pain, discomfort and restricted range of motion. They are trained to create rehabilitation plans and help you with injury prevention. Sometimes this includes referrals to other therapeutic options. You’ll often hear people refer to chiropractic as the ‘cracking of bones’ – but what it actually is, is a hands-on adjustment: a gentle, carefully directed movement. Other therapies chiropractors might use include: – Graston Technique ® – Active Release Techniques ® (ART) – Ice and Heat Therapy – Soft tissue work – Ultrasound Therapy Remember that not everyone is a candidate for chiropractic care. There are a number of tests done at the first assessment to be able to identify whether chiropractic would be beneficial and safe. What It Takes To Be a Chiropractor in Alberta In Canada, chiropractors must complete a minimum seven years of...

How to Maintain Healthy Wrists and Fingers

Perform the following exercises once every hour or two: 1. Stand perpendicular to a wall and extend your arm straight out from your side, placing the flat of your hand against the wall. Try your best to extend your fingers and touch your palm to the wall. This may be hard at first as you build the flexibility. Do not strain yourself; go as far as you can before it starts to feel too uncomfortable. Hold for 2 seconds, then switch to the other side, doing the same for 2 seconds. 2. Straighten both wrists and relax fingers. 3. Make a tight fist with both hands. 4. Then bend both wrists down while keeping the fist. Hold for a count of 5. 5. Straighten both wrists and relax fingers. 6. Repeat if desired. Then let hands hang loosely by your sides and shake them...

5 Ways to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at the Workplace

Repetitive stress injuries usually account for the highest percentage of missed work on a year to year basis, and unfortunately Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the leading names associated to that scenario. We’ve put together a few tips that can not only keep you from suffering this kind of injury – but could potentially save your employer money in employee short-term disability coverage. Take a look around you – is your workstation promoting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Your workstation should be customized to accommodate your personal body and encourage proper posture for all of your tasks. So ask yourself these questions: 1. Are you bending your wrists when using your computer or laptop? You shouldn’t be; try adjusting either the height of your seat or the height of your working surface. 2. Are you using a traditional mouse? Using a trackball, graphic pen, or finger pad can significantly reduce the risk of mutiple RSI – from carpal tunnel to trigger finger. Ultimately, you will want to rotate through the different mouse options every so often to change it up…your fingers, hands and arms will be grateful. 3. Industrial workers benefit from the extra support forearm rests and padded edge protectors offer for worktables, as this eliminates pressure and relieves stress on the joints of the wrists and hands. Remember Your Musculoskeletal Health 4. Remember to practice proper posture. Your chiropractor can help you obtain this with a series of different exercises to perform to strengthen key muscles. 5. Remember to take breaks and perform supportive stretch routines. This will not only improve muscle function and flexibility, but it will...