Chiropractic

At Achieve health our Victoria Chiropractor Team sets itself apart by being part of a multidisciplinary group of medical practitioners who care for the overall health of each and every patient.

Doctors of Chiropractic use state of the art techniques to reduce pain and improve mobility
through the use of manipulation, or adjustment, of the spine. This medication-free practice forms an essential part of a patient’s health team. Chiropractors examine patients, diagnose their symptoms – for example, if they’re suffering from a pinched nerve or a mechanical issue – and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Who can benefit from Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractic can bring pain relief and improved functionality to patients from many demographics.  People suffering from:

OSTEOARTHRITIS:

People who suffer from osteoarthritis often have debilitating neck and back pain.  Chiropractic manipulation, often combined with massage therapy, can provide relief from chronic pain as well as acute flare ups.

HIP PAIN:

Your hips absorb a lot of pressure on a day to day basis, and as a result, can often be painful or stiff.  Falls & fractures, vehicular accidents or sports injuries can exacerbate any existing hip joint problems. Sometimes, hip pain extends from lower back pain or aggravation as well. Chiropractic adjustment can help manage this type of pain and improve flexibility in the joints.

CHRONIC LOWER BACK PAIN:

Many people suffer from chronic lower back pain, the cause of which is often undiagnosed.  Spinal manipulation can alleviate pain for patients that have otherwise been unsuccessful in achieving drug-free relief.  Long term chiropractic treatment plans can get ahead of flare ups and manage chronic pain effectively.

FIBROMYALGIA:

Chiropractic treatment is an excellent option for patients with fibromyalgia. Regular adjustments can help patients maintain or improve their range of motion while reducing muscle tension.

HEADACHES:

Headaches can often be caused by restricted movement of vertebra that may be creating sensitivity of nerves.  These types of headaches can often be relieved by chiropractic adjustments.  Patients who suffer from headaches caused by tension in the neck and shoulders may also find that manipulation of the spine alleviates or improves their headaches.

DESCRIPTION OF MANIPULATION

A Chiropractic manipulation, or adjustment, typically consists of 3 parts:

  1. A quick, calculated thrust to the vertebra.
  2. A release of gas from the joint. This release can usually be heard with an audible “pop” sound which is perfectly normal.  This release of gas relieves joint pressure.
  3. Most patients feel relief of pain and pressure, although it is possible to feel some minor irritation for a short time after treatment.

These manipulations are meant to correct abnormalities in spinal motion in order to increase range of motion, relieve pain and improve functionality.  Chiropractors look at the spine health of an individual as it relates to the entire body.  Abnormalities within the spine can lead to several other problems as well.  That’s why your Chiropractor looks at your overall nervous system and joint health in making their diagnoses and developing their treatment plan.  Chiropractic care is a drug-free alternative to pain management with an aim towards resolving or managing symptoms entirely.

COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENTS:

Your Chiropractor may advise you to use additional therapies to improve your spine health and relieve pain between sessions:

  • Use of hot and cold therapy such as ice and hot compresses
  • Targeted exercises to improve mobility and relieve pain
  • Massage Therapy to relax soft tissues

Common Questions:

Q: What can I expect at my first visit?

A: The first time you visit our clinic you can expect to complete basic health forms to help us get to know you and your health history.  You’ll then have a brief meeting with your Chiropractor who will discuss your concerns and treatment goals with you.  An examination is next so you can be diagnosed, and an individualized treatment plan will be devised.  Lastly, you will have an adjustment, and hopefully, some relief from any pain or discomfort.  Depending on your specific symptoms you may require only one session, or you may need to come for several sessions over a number of weeks to achieve optimal results.

Q: Will treatment be covered by insurance?

A: Chiropractic care is covered by most private insurance companies.  We can provide you with receipts for submission or submit the claim for you, with many insurance companies.  Chiropractic care may also be covered by WorksafeBC in certain situations.

Q: Will Chiropractic Manipulation be painful?

A: Most of the time our patients experience relief of pain, improved flexibility and greater mobility.  There are times when patients feel some discomfort during, or immediately following treatment.  These symptoms should not last longer than 24 hours.  In these cases, we may make recommendations for pain relief, such as applying ice or heat.  Remember that you and your chiropractor have a long term goal of improving your health, so be sure to follow instructions and continue with treatments as prescribed.

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Downloadable forms – Chiropractic

  1. Intake form (PDF)
  2. Consent form for children (PDF)
  3. Office policy (PDF)
  4. Consent form

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