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Kitsilano Chiropractor Frequently Asked Questions

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What is chiropractic?

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Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These functions are controlled by your nervous system: brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

The spine and skull protect the nervous system. If there is pressure on the spine and/or skull by way of a misalignment the nerve system communication will be impaired, and thus causing malfunction of the organs throughout your body. This is called a Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

The Chiropractic adjustment has been proven to increase motion, increase circulation, reduce swelling and pain, and remove nerve irritation. Once this nerve irritation is removed, your body is able to do what it is designed to do – heal itself.
Chiropractic is the Science, Art and Philosophy that concerns itself with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nervous system, without the use of drugs or surgery.

What is the ‘crack’ sound? Does it hurt?

You will sometimes hear a “crack” or “pop” sound when getting an adjustment. It is the sound of gas being released in between the vertebrae. Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor.

What is an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustments loosen the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function. Adjustments have been proven to improve spinal and nervous system function, and therefore overall health.

There are hundreds of ways to adjust the spine. Usually the doctor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow constant pressure.

What training do chiropractors go through?

All doctors of chiropractic have undergone at least seven to eight years of intense training. In Canada, this includes three or four years of sciences at a college or university prior to attending an additional four years at an accredited Chiropractic College. The British Columbia Chiropractic Association also requires that all chiropractors licensed in B.C. complete a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education biannually. Of these 40 hours, a certain number must be in radiology and record keeping.

Chiropractors are considered primary healthcare professionals who are extensively trained to assess, diagnosis, treat and prevent conditions and disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous system. Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counseling, fit orthotics, and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies. Dr. Nand has specialized training in pediatrics as well. Learn more…

How many visits will I need?

Most people need a few visits and some people need many visits. The number of visits that will be required to correct your condition depends on: the severity of the condition, the length of time you had it, whether you exercise, if you are overweight, your stress level, whether you let it heal during the process or you continue to aggravate it, whether it has started to degenerate etc. Roughly speaking, from a symptom standpoint, people with less lifestyle stressor as mentioned above will improve in a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Difficult problems can take months to years.

Can I see a chiropractor even if I have no pain?

Yes! The best time to see a chiropractor is before the pain starts!

Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced. For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. That is why getting regular check-ups is so important to your health.

Will I need to go to a chiropractor forever?

As with any healthy lifestyle choice, it is always best to continue for a lifetime. Would it make any sense to begin working out, getting into the best shape of your life, feeling the best you have in years and then to stop? If you begin to eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables to get your body working at its optimum physical and mental state, would it make sense to stop and go back to eating chips and soda? Once people achieve health, it makes sense to maintain it. However, it is always up to you how much you want to benefit from chiropractic care.

Still have questions? Call us today at (604) 736-5157 and we will do our best to help you find the answers you are looking for.