Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
Our Doctors of Chiropractic use the most current, evidence-based strategies to assist you to reduce your pain and improve mobility. They utilize a multitude of approaches including exercise, symptom modification techniques as well as manipulation, or adjustment, of the spine and extremities to empower you to return to the lifestyle you desire. This practice forms an essential part of a patient’s health team. Victoria chiropractors examine patients, and diagnose their condition (for example, an irritated nerve or a motor control issue) to develop an individualized treatment plan.
Description of Manipulation
A Chiropractic manipulation, or adjustment, typically consists of 3 parts:
- A quick, calculated thrust to the vertebra.
- A release of gas from the fluid that lubricates the joint. This release can usually be heard with an audible “pop” sound which is perfectly normal.
- Most patients feel relief of tension and an ease of movement afterwards. Occasionally some people experience some minor irritation a short time after treatment.
These manipulations are meant to increase the patient’s capacity to move regions of their body in order gain range of motion. This in turn may relieve pain and improve function. Your Chiropractor looks at you as a whole person and will specifically assess your nervous system and musculoskeletal 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.
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 Victoria 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.
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.
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.