After completing your intake forms, your doctor of chiropractic will complete a thorough history in order to better understand your current complaint(s), other health concerns, as well as your overall health status. He/She will then conduct a focused physical exam to further help them determine the cause of your complaint. After a diagnosis has been established, your chiropractor will explain it to you and discuss the various treatment/management options available. Your informed consent to treatment will be obtained before treatment begins.
What is an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body to restore or enhance joint function. This helps to resolve joint inflammation reducing pain and increasing joint mobility and nerve function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled safe procedure and is adapted to meet the specific needs of each patient.
When should I consider chiropractic?
If aching joints and muscle pain are affecting your ability to get through the day and keeping you away from your favorite activities, consider chiropractic care. Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause musculoskeletal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain a healthy spine, joint function and optimal living.
What type of education & training does a chiropractor have
Following a minimum three years of university education, chiropractors acquire their skills through a rigorous four-year, full -time accredited academic program including internship. Chiropractors must then pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying board examinations in order to become licensed to practice. Chiropractors are regulated health professionals in Alberta.
What research has been conducted on chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is a form of manual therapy that is firmly grounded in science. The chiropractors at Diamond Valley Chiropractic provide evidence informed conservative care. Spinal manipulative therapy (adjustment) provided by doctors of chiropractic has been researched extensively both in Canada and internationally. Chiropractors offer a safe, non-invasive approach to musculoskeletal problems.
What conditions can benefit from chiropractic care?
Patients visit us for a variety of conditions, ranging from minor aches to more severe conditions. Here are some conditions that we treat at Diamond Valley Chiropractic:
Neck, back, shoulder, leg, and foot pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Headaches and Migraines
This is not a full list of all conditions. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal experts and can address conditions related to your body. Talk to us if you have a condition that isn’t on the list, and we’ll let you know how we can help.
How many visits does it take to get better?
Some patients only visit us a handful of times. Other patients require weeks or months of consistent care. The amount of time required for your recovery depends on a number of factors, including the severity of your condition, lifestyle/habits contributing to your symptoms, and the level of improvement you want. Some patients want their pain to reach a manageable level, while others want to visit us until it disappears completely. Talk to us about your goals so we can develop a treatment plan tailored toward your wishes.
What sort of backpack should I get for my school-aged kids?
This is a great question as kids of all ages head back to school. How to choose between Spiderman and the Disney Princess vs. the Hiker's deluxe back-country pack? While there is no particular brand of backpack that is recommended over another, there are certain factors to assess before purchasing a pack for school. Of course, the age, size, and needs of your child are important considerations when sizing a backpack. Younger children need not tote around a "I'm travelling through Europe" backpack, but instead require a lighter, snug-fitting pack. Ensure the pack does not exceed shoulder level, nor drop below the child's waist. Never overload the pack, even as the child grows older. As the grades progress, so do the textbooks, so look for a pack that includes adjustable padded should straps and a waist belt for better weight distribution. Have your child start wearing the pack properly (both straps on, etc;) at an early age, as this will encourage good postural habits. Properly fitted backpacks should never change your child's posture, nor cause pain or discomfort across the shoulders and back.