Your spine has a vital function in your body. Not only does it
support your body's weight, it also protects your spinal cord,
which is the "central highway" of your nervous system.
Your ability to walk, run, jump, lift, and feel almost every
sensation from your head to your toes requires a healthy spine.
Your spinal column is made up of 33 vertebrae (bones) separated
by 23 discs. These vertebrae are connected by cartilage and
work together in a very specific way. When everything is working
well, your spine is in-line, strong and flexible. The stress
of daily living, injuries, or accidents can cause the bones
to shift out of their proper alignment or affect their range
of motion. These small changes can cause you pain by putting
pressure on the different joints, muscles, and nerves along
your spine. If left untreated, misalignment of the bones can,
over time, lead to potentially serious consequences manifesting
in one or more of the following:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Muscle spasm
- Pain and stiffness of the joints
- Numbness in arms and legs
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Menstrual irregularities
- Failure to focus
- Weakened immune system (leading to recurring infections of ear, nose, throat, bladder)
- Difficulty breathing
- Lack of energy
- Premature wear and tear in joints
- Sports injuries
Chiropractic is a safe, natural (drug-free), non-invasive, hands-on treatment that aims
to treat the source of your pain, namely,
the misalignment of your vertebrae (bones). Chiropractic joint manipulation or "adjustment" is a treatment where the chiropractor uses her hands to apply a very quick, precise, and safe amount of pressure directly on the problem area of your spine. This pressure re-aligns the joints, relieves the stress on the joint and surrounding nerves, and facilitates your spine to return to its proper position. The adjustment is not painful, and often provides immediate relief.
Many medical doctors refer patients with back pain to Vancouver Chiropractic, recognizing that chiropractors are specially trained to find the source of your back pain, assess the problem, and make the proper adjustments that allow your spine to work properly again.
At Vancouver Chiropractic we also
adopt an integrative method to treating our patients. Not
all patients are created equally and we individualize treatments using a multidiciplinary approach, which may involve a combination of massage and other therapies in conjunction with chiropractic when necessary.