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Chiropractic Care

The word “chiropractic” comes from the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (action) and means “done by hand.” Instead of prescribing drugs or performing surgeries, chiropractors use manual adjustments of the spine and joints, along with therapies and lifestyle changes, to allow the body’s natural state of health to fully express itself.

Addressing the Spine & Muscles

Now more than ever people are sitting for longer periods and their neck and low back muscles get tired over time. So that’s part of chiropractic too-working on the muscles. We also look to see how the spine is moving and see if there are any segments of the spine that are stuck or not moving as well. We use what we call manipulation or chiropractic adjustment to correct those areas that aren’t moving as well.

What Is Wellness Chiropractic?

More often than not, when we tell someone that we are a chiropractic office, they immediately associate our vocation with neck or back pain. What many do not realize, however, is that chiropractic is a healthcare modality that provides significantly more than just a solution for pain.

Chiropractic is a lifestyle that involves all aspects of wellness, including exercise, nutrition, personal development, and stress relief. We have been fortunate to work with people from all walks of life (including newborns, children, and adolescents), and the outcome has been miraculous.

Dr. Richard Poon has training in Active Release Technique (ART) and also offers the people of Edmonton additional chiropractic services including:

Graston

The Graston Technique is a non-invasive technique that uses special stainless steel instruments to find scar tissue and fascial restrictions that need to be worked on. Anyone can benefit from this technique when dealing with conditions such as Achilles tendinosis/itis, carpal tunnel, cervical strain/sprain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, knee pain, plantar fasciitis (foot pain), rotator cuff tendinosis/itis, scar tissue, shin splints, and trigger fingers.

Activator®/Arthrostim®

If the “cracking” sound of traditional manual adjustments bothers a patient, then there are a few gentler options that we offer. Through Activator Method and an Arthrostim adjusting tool, the adjustments can be made with no noise. The Activator Method is used to address spinal problems through an instrument-assisted adjusting technique. The Arthrostim adjusting tool is a unique tool that produces rapid thrust and recoil at a rate of twelve times per second that helps release trigger points that cause muscle spasms.


Diversified

Diversified Chiropractic Technique is a popular and effective technique for adjusting and aligning people’s spines. Often you will hear a “crack” sound with this type of adjusting.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation & Interferential Current

Some of the benefits of these therapies include helping with pain relief, decrease swelling/inflammation and reduce muscle spasms.

What is that popping sound during the adjustment?


Each of the joints in the spine is filled with joint fluid which has dissolved gases in it, like oxygen and carbon dioxide. When an adjustment is performed, it creates a temporary vacuum, like a momentary vacuum in the joints, which causes some of those dissolved gasses to come out for a split second. The result is a cracking or popping sound but it’s not the joint cracking and it’s nothing to be concerned about.
Do you recommend lifestyle modifications?

Yes, for example, we can offer guidance about workplace ergonomics that you can make at your desk or in everyday life to prevent future injury.
How long will I need to be under care?

It depends on what you’re coming in for and how severe your pain is. Generally, if we’re looking at a scale of 1 to 10, if you rate your pain as a six or higher, and you’ve been at that level for about two months then it will take longer to get relief than someone who’s at a 3 out of 10 for the last few days.

The longest treatment plan we plan for is about three weeks and then we reassess and see how the patient is doing.

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Are you wondering if natural chiropractic care and our other therapies could help you? Contact Windermere Chiropractor & Physiotherapy Clinic today to find out!

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