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  • How much does a visit cost?
    The initial visit is 45 mins long and is $90 subsequent visits are currently $55 but that may change (dang inflation, its hard to keep up).
  • Is seeing a chiropractor a good idea?
    Absolutely! But no doubt I am biased, I am a chiropractor. Why listen to me? I have been in practice for over a decade, I love what I do, I love working with people to help them feel better, and I get to see the benefits of chiropractic care every day. But again, I am biased. Ultimately, it is mostly about the relationship. If you find a good health care provider, be it a chiro, physio, massage therapist or other stick with them. I love getting to know my patients, and I love walking with them through all the messiness that life brings.
  • Where are you located?
    I practice out of my home based office at 5925 Garrison Blvd in Chilliwack BC. To help you find it look for a yellow house with a teal door, and a sign hanging from the eave.
  • What is the standard length of treatment?
    The intial appointment is 45 minutes. Once we have a diagnosis, treatment is pretty quick during subsequent visits.
  • What is the best way to contract you?
    I am working sans receptionist right now, and the absolute best way to interact with me is via text message 604-792-9171. The worst way to contact me is from this chat window.
  • What is the popping sound?
    The "crack" or "pop" that is heard is the sound of the restricted joint releasing gas when the joint moves. This allows more movement in the joint, as well as provides relief of muscle tension and pain.
  • Where do I park?
    There is almost always street parking directly in front of the house, if you can't find anything close there is parking in the back alley beside our yellow detached garage, look for 5925 on the side of the garage, and park in the gravel parking and use the gate on the right side (as you face the house), to come through the back yard past the shed to the gate beside the stairs and around to the front of the house.
  • Can chiropractic care align your spine?
    Absolutely... NOT!h the idea that a joint is out of place and needs to be put back into place is an outdated theory. The "original" chiropractor was DD Palmer, as my kids would say he is the OG. But things have changed in the years since that first chiropractor. As evidence changes so should the theories about what we are doing. One of the studies that changed my mind about what was happening when I adjusted my patients was a study about specificity in our adjustments. The researchers put sensors on the spine, and then tried their darndest to adjust a specific vertebra in a specific way. It turns out in the lower back at least it was as likely to move a vertebra 2 away from the intended target. The chiro tried to move L5 (the last vertebra in the lower back) and ended up moving L3. Well that seems a bit odd, in my mind this was definitive proof that we aren't putting vetebra back into place (esp if we aren't even moving the one we are aiming for). "well doc, why do I feel better?" I could spend a lot of time talking about why I think that is the case but in my mind the only thing that makes sense is that where we feel things is in our brain, so if you are feeling better and moving better, with less pain then all I know for certain is that we helped you where you feel things (in your brain). I won't get into too many details in this FAQ section but I 100% do not believe that a chiropractic adjustment "aligns" the spine.
  • What is the difference between a physiotherapist and a chiropractor?
    Let’s explore the differences between physiotherapists and chiropractors: College regulation - Chiropractors and physiotherapists go to different schools, and are regulated by different colleges in BC. Chiropractors are doctors and can diagnose. Physio's can needle in BC and Chiros can't. There are not really any other differences. I say this all the time, in my mind there are no difference between a good Chiro and a good physio. We both work to help the neuromusculoskeletal systems of the body (think muscles ligaments nerves and joints), we both use the same hands on conservative approach to helping patients get better and move better. Chiropractors and physiotherapists are a wonderful choice in helping you recover from all the aches and pains that life bring. Oh, unless you want stabbed (IMS/dry needling) Chiros can't needle patients in British Columbia, but other provinces that is not the case. I leave the red stuff (blood) stuff on the inside where it belongs ;)
  • Do you bill insurance?
    Yes! We can bill most insurance companies, while we can't guarantee your insurance company is one of them, it is getting more and more rare that we aren't able to.
  • Will an adjustment fix everything?
    The adjustment is only one small component to get you feeling better and back to feeling like your regular self! As the adjustment may only be a temporary fix for some people, it is very important to focus on self-care outside the clinic by continuing your prescribed exercises to keep you in a longer period of pain relief.
  • What do my feet have to do with my health?
    2.5 times your body weight goes through your heel every time you walk. You want the first point of contact for motion to be optimal so that the rest of your body's system can do it’s job--rather than compensating for poor foot mechanics.
  • Is a Chiropractor a Medical Doctor?
    Nope, definietly not. I have no desire to be the type of doctor who is dealing with the runny noses and all the squishy bits on the inside of these incredibly complex machines that we run around in. I leave the red stuff where it's suppose to be. But does that then mean I am not a doctor? Is your dentist a doctor? How about your optometrist? How about your podiatrist or your naturopath? I like to joke with my medical doctor buddy that I am not a "real" doctor because I am not the kind of doctor you come to when you are having a heart attack (please please don't come to my office if you are having a heart attack) but then does it track that I am not a doctor. Doctor really just means someone who can diagnosis. And while my buddy might feel like he can diagnose all things he may not be the best guy to go to regarding your tooth pain, or your foot pain. Chiropractors are doctors, doctors of Chiropractic. Most of us have a similar undergraduate education as all other doctors. Biochem, organic chemistry, biology, anatomy, psychology etc. I spent a lot of my undergrad in the neuroscience field. All doctors that I know of (aside from the weird PHD guys, they are not really in this category) have an undergraduate education, and then 4 years of "med" school really its doctor school, with similar emphasis: classes like anatomy and physiology, toxico-pharmacology, microbiology, radiology, biochem, etc. I spent time in the anatomy lab, and microbiology and toxico-pharmacology classes in chiro school, so much to know about how this body works. The most significant difference in education between all the "not real" doctors is residency. Medical doctors are not done school when they become doctors instead they require more training. 2 more years for family medicine, and 5+ years for things like surgery. So, in summary nope, I am not a "real" doctor but I am a doctor. I am so grateful for the diverse amount of docs in the world who deal with the stuff I am not going to do. I'll leave the red stuff on the inside and when it isn't I will send to those "real docs".
  • Is Chiropractic treatment safe?
    Chiropractic adjustments are safe when performed by a trained and licensed professional. As a chiropractor, my malpractice is cheaper than my car insurance.
  • What are the disadvantages of seeing a chiropractor?
    There are always risks of any therapy, and Chiropractic is no different, Here is a list of some of the disadvantages of seeing a chiropractor: Discomfort After Treatments: Some patients experience discomfort following chiropractic adjustments. Costs and Insurance Coverage: While chiropractic care is often cost-effective, expenses can add up. Insurance coverage varies; some plans may not fully cover chiropractic treatments. Risk of Side Effects: Rare side effects include pinched nerves, cauda equina syndrome, herniated disks, and stroke (extremely uncommon). Not Suitable for Everyone: Herniated or slipped discs, as well as arthritis, may require specialist advice before seeking chiropractic care. Individuals with osteoporosis or fragile health should also consult before starting chiropractic treatment. Spinal and Joint Manipulation Risks: Manipulation can lead to fractures or other injuries. Always choose an experienced chiropractor. Remember to consult with a chiropractor to determine if chiropractic care is suitable for your specific condition. Most risks of care can be mitigated by a very thorough history and exam, leading to an accurate diagnosis which allows for the best possible choices of treatment options. I will always discuss the risks and benefits of any treatment options that I recommend.
  • Do Chiropractors go to medical school?
    Nope, we go to Chiro school instead. Similar length of time and similar foundational knowledge about how the body works and what to do when it isn't working right, but Chiros have a specific focus on the nerves muscles and joints in the body, and depending on the type of medicine medical doctors want to practice they will require more training in a residency program once they have finished medical school.
  • When should I see a chiropractor?
    There are 2 common situations when I see patients. when they are hurting, usually after lifting and twisting or just waking up in pain. once a month so that they don't have to experience number one. When you are in pain is the most common reason to start going to a chiropractor. It might be lower back pain it might be a headache. The other time to see a chiropractor is when you are sick of waking up sore, or hurting when you do a specific activity. And once you start to feel better you may not want to be sore again. You may choose to maintain your new found pain fee status. Think about it like this, you may go to your dentist the first time because your teeth hurt, they may fill a cavity and make the pain go away. And then you might be good to go and not go back to your dentist until the next time your teeth hurt. After a few times of having your cavity filled you may get better at brushing your teeth, and maybe even come to the dentists office to have your teeth cleaned, in order to prevent needing a filling in the first place. Spinal health can be similar, exercises that are prescribed by your doc may help you get to the spot that you don't wake up in pain any more, but just like a dental cleaning you may benefit from coming to the chiropractor once a month to keep the pain away, as well as to get the next latest and greatest exercise or podcast. In summary, go, go to your chiro, add them to your health care team. If the first time we meet is when you aren't moving too well that's fine we will work together to get you moving better. But even better come hang out and figure out if there are things you can do to prevent the pain before it starts.
  • Do chiropractors work on other areas other than the spine?
    Yes, as chiropractors we have been trained to work on any joint and muscle and can identify nerve related pain in the body! As neuromusculoskeletal experts, we are educated on more than just the spine.
  • What exactly does a Chiropractor do?
    A chiropractor is a licensed healthcare professional who focuses on your body’s capability to heal itself. They specialize in caring for your neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Here’s what chiropractors do: Spinal Adjustments: Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to effect change in the spine, and central nervous system. By applying force to specific joints in the spine, they aim to improve alignment. This can help manage back and neck pain. Holistic Approach: Chiropractic care extends beyond spinal adjustments. It includes other treatments like exercise. The goal is to enhance the body’s ability to self-heal. Body Function and Health: Chiropractors believe that when the neuromusculoskeletal system functions optimally, it positively impacts other systems throughout the body. Diagnosis and Treatment: Chiropractors examine patients, assess spine position, muscle reflexes, and perform tests to diagnose conditions. They create treatment plans, monitor progress, and focus on the body’s innate healing ability. Remember, chiropractors do not prescribe pain medication.
  • Can a Chiropractor fix Scoliosis?
    Unfortunately, the short answer is no, Chiropractors can't fix scoliosis. While fixing scoliosis is not within the scope of conservative spinal care I can offer some hope Scoliosis does not need to limit your life. The fastest man alive has scoliosis! He also has legs that are not the same length. We have been led to believe that our uniqueness is a problem. It isn't necessarily! Chiropractors can help though: Chiropractors focus on the neuromusculoskeletal system. They perform spinal adjustments to improve alignment. Chiropractic care includes exercise and holistic approaches. While they can manage scoliosis symptoms, they can’t “fix” it. Collaboration with healthcare professionals is essential for effective scoliosis management. And most importantly we can help you understand that it doesn't have to limit you at all, I have several patients who live full lives with no more pain than any of my other patients and some who's spines don't hurt between our monthly maintenance visits.
  • Is heat or ice better for lower back pain?
    Ice Vs.Heat is a very hotly debated topic, but as far as I can tell the reason why ice feels better for some is the same reason that heat feels better for others. The spinothelamic tract of the spinal cord. Think of it like a highway and there are different lanes in a highway, the lane that sends pain cars to the brain also send pressure and temperature cars to the brain. If you have the highway full of pain cars you are going to hurt more, if you have some temperature cars filling up some space on that pain highway you are going to hurt less. When my patients ask me if they should use heat or ice to help their lower back pain, I ask which one they tried, if heat has felt good keep using it, if cold has worked use that. And if you are adventurous then maybe try the hot fudge sundae technique use ice and heat at the same time, a hot cloth with an icecube in it for example. Whatever most effectively fills up that pain highway in your spinal cord and makes you feel better, do that! So ice or heat? Use ice if it works to decrease the pain, or use heat if that works better, or do both at the same time!
  • What can I expect on the first chiropractic visit?
    Please arrive 10 minutes before your initial consultation to fill out forms in our waiting area. We will then proceed with a thorough assessment including taking a history and completing an examination. Once a diagnosis is made, we will provide you with treatment options, including an explanation of the benefits and risks of each. For most first chiropractic visits we will have time to provide treatment. This can include: Adjustments Soft tissue therapy Traction therapy, Tape therapy Education education education Re-assurance about concerns, Exercise prescription/demonstration We look forward to seeing you soon!
  • Why does my back hurt worse after going to a Chiropractor?
    The doctor in me is running a differential list a mile long when I think about this question. I am going to run through a few of the thoughts that come to mind when I think about all the reasons that you might hurt after treatment with your chiro: Fracture - it is possible to break a rib (for example) after an adjustment Strain - it is possible to strain a muscle or tendon at your chiros office, that may happen just rolling around on our tiny table or it may happen if we overstretch a tendon during treatment. Sprain - just like overstretching a tendon/muscle (strain) can happen it is possible to overstretch a ligament. Bruising - it is possible that small vessels might break during some types of soft tissue therapy (think about the big circles you see on your buddies back after cupping). That may lead to pain after treatment. You broke up with your partner - yup a significant social event can absolutely lead to an increase in pain. You are worried - fear of movement can make pain worse, this is called kinesiophobia. Catastrophizing - we know that if we are worried about all the things that can go wrong and all the things that I might not be able to to ever again and what happens if this back pain never goes away, and I can never go back to work? etc... all of these world ending kind of thoughts can make pain worse. This list is meant to only give you a tiny taste of the things that will run through my mind if you come to me and tell me you hurt more after treatment. It also might be as simple as sometimes we take a step back before we take the 2 steps forward. Either way head back to your chiro and let them know that you are more sore, and lets work together to figure out what may have happened. And know that more sore after treatment doesn't necessarily mean something has gone wrong.
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