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What is Chiropractic Care?

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Canadians have more healthcare options today than ever before with many practitioners that are part of this comprehensive and innovative health and wellness movement.

A central treatment option is customized chiropractic care, focusing on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and the effects that those disorders have on an individual’s overall health and daily life. Chiropractic care is used to treat a wide range of issues including soft tissues injuries; neurologic disorders, sports injuries of any joint, muscle, ligament, tendon; bone injuries; and neck/back pain. A variety of traditional adjustment techniques are used to release pressure that causes a wide range of painful issues.

We also utilize other techniques, including soft-tissue therapies, such as active release therapy; laser therapy; decompression therapy and exercise rehabilitation.

When patients understand the how and why of chiropractic care, the next question is often how long or how often are treatments required before pain relief is achieved. The answer can depend on your condition, its severity, and your own ability to heal – and the reason for seeking treatment.

Some people receive chiropractic adjustments as a preventive not reactive measure. The reasons for this are many and varied:

· Athletes to stay in good condition and to help with injury prevention programs.

· Individuals with chronic conditions to assist with ongoing pain management.

· Some people simply want to maintain their sense of health and wellbeing.

How often you visit for preventive care will depend on your responsiveness to treatment, how well your body maintains the adjustment and your overall condition.

Minor injuries or exacerbations, from headaches, neck pain, and joint pain, start sending pain signals suggesting that something is irritated. Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve these minor aches and can speed up the healing process, increasing your comfort. The number of visits you need will vary but if a condition is persisting, you may need to continue treatments for three or four weeks before the problem resolves.

Severe injuries and chronic conditions (degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia, or serious car accident injuries) affecting the back and joints are common.

According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, up to 85% of working people can expect to experience low back pain during their lifetime with 4.5 million Canadians visiting their chiropractor each year. Your course of treatment will depend on your condition – a chiropractor may suggest regular treatments for three or four weeks at a time, visiting up to three times per week, or more, if your condition requires it.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association notes that patients treated by a combination of adjustments and exercise reported significant improvement at three and 12-month follow-ups – a vital point since low back pain recurrence rates are high. A study showed a recurrence of low back pain in 73% of patients within 12 months. Chiropractors can provide education on your spine and posture, as well as create a personalized treatment plan including back exercises.


Dr. Mike Hadbavny

Chiropractor, Sports Sciences Resident RCCSS(C)

If you are interested in learning more about how chiropractic care can be effective for your particular condition or health goals, contact Dr. Mike Hadbavny at 250-881-7881 today to make an appointment and discover the many benefits of seeing a chiropractor in Victoria, BC. Contact us today.

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