Chiropractic

Chiropractic

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-invasive manual approach to health care. Chiropractors must have an undergraduate degree prior to attending Chiropractic College. Their training consists of four intensive years of chiropractic education, which includes a one year internship under the guidance of a senior clinician where they develop and refine their skills.

Chiropractors assess disorders related to the spine, nervous system and joins of the extremities and provide diagnosis, treatment and prevention of those disorders. The primary goal of chiropractic manipulation, also referred to an an adjustment, is to treat areas of decreased movement in the joints of the spine and extremities which can create a reaction in surrounding soft tissues (ligaments, muscles and nerves) resulting in pain, dysfunction and muscular spasm.

Dr. Mandy utilizes a variety of services to create multifaceted treatment plans to help maximize patient results. She recognize that each patient is an individual and by combining the best therapies, in conjunction with patient education on nutrition, stress reduction, stretching and strengthening – Dr. Mandy will keep you doing the things you love and living your life to your full potential!

Services Available:

Chiropractic Adjustments

Dr. Mandy may find after an assessment that certain joints in the body are not functioning properly and may require a chiropractic adjustment. An adjustment involves a fast, low-amplitude, gentle force applied by the hands at a specific joint to help restore mobility, decrease muscle spasm and reduce pain.

Soft Tissue Therapy

Chiropractic soft tissue therapy generally focuses on the area of chief complaint rather than working on the entire body. Soft tissue therapy may include therapeutic stretching, trigger point release, transverse massage and muscle stripping. It is beneficial for people who have chronic muscle soreness as well as those who have sustained injuries such as whiplash repetitive strain syndromes, low back pain or sports related injuries.

Custom Fitted Orthotics

Do you experience any of the following symptoms?

  • Arch or heal pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain

Custom foot orthotics are inserts for your shoes that correct the way you stand, walk or run. Your feet provide the foundation for your entire body and do an enormous amount of work each day. Even the smallest imbalance can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Orthotics help restore optimal balance and foot function and provide relief from fatigue and pain. Orthotics can be worn comfortably in your everyday footwear. The provide your feet with gentle and consistent proper placement for sanding, walking and running.

Your feet have 28 bones that must work in concert for the whole foot to function properly. It is estimated that 60-70% of people have improper foot mechanics. This can lead to problems not only in the foot but up the entire body including the ankles, knees, hips, and low back.

Dr. Mandy uses GaitScan™, a pressure plate with over 3000 tiny sensors that scans your feet as you walk across it indicating if there are faulty foot mechanics. He then determines if custom foot orthotics are necessary or if other treatment options exist. Many health care plans provide coverage for foot orthotics.

Modalities

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. It is intended to reduce pain, both acute and chronic, and relax tight or spasming muscles.

Dr. Mandy also uses the thumper®. This device provides a massage to tight and painful muscles. The thumper® receives great reviews from patients who have experienced it.

Kinesio Taping ®

Kinesio Taping ® gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventive maintenance, edema, and pain management.

How does Kinesio Taping ® work?

Kinesio Taping ® is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. Muscles are not only responsible for movements of the body but they also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms (pain, reduced range of motion, etc.).

The tape is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion. Kinesio Taping ® is different than traditional sport taping. Traditional sport taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids.

What conditions can be treated by Kinesio Taping ®?

This treatment may be used to treat the following: muscular activation or relaxation in adults and paediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.

Pregnancy and Postnatal Care and The Webster Technique

Treatments are available for pregnancy induced back pain, sacroiliac (SI) and pelvic pain, sciatica and other postnatal aches and pains including neck and shoulder pain from nursing. Dr. Mandy has treated many pregnant women and has seen first hand how beneficial chiropractic care is during pregnancy and in motherhood.

Dr. Mandy is certified in the Webster Technique.  The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint misalignment in a pregnant woman. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved resulting in better birth outcomes.
Read more about The Webster Technique here.

 Chiropractic and Massage Therapy

Back pain, neck pain and headaches are just a few of the painful and distressing conditions that affect most of us at some time. Chiropractic and massage therapy, used in combination, form a powerful healing approach that addresses your pain on many levels. Whether your pain is the result of traumatic injury, overuse or stress, chiropractic and massage combined can greatly speed your return to a pain-free, productive life.

Massage Supports Chiropractic

You can benefit in a number of ways by adding massage therapy to your chiropractic care program:

  • recovery is normally faster and more complete when you address multiple components of your pain
  • chiropractic treatment often proceeds more easily, with less discomfort, when soft tissue has been relaxed with massage
  • adjustments frequently last longer when muscle tension is released that might otherwise pull your joints out of alignment again.

For information on registered massage therapy click here.

 

Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions

What to expect on your first visit

On your first visit, you will be asked to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to fill out a few forms (a personal information form and a short health questionnaire.) After the paperwork is complete, you will spend time with Dr. Lee discussing your health history.

Health History

Your health history is an important tool to Dr. Lee in the evaluation of your symptoms, your lifestyle, your family’s health history and any previous injuries and treatments. This is one on one time spent with Dr. Lee and is used to help her get to know you and your health in more detail. This is also an opportunity for you to ask her any questions you may have. After the health history, a physical examination will be completed.

Physical Exam

During the physical examination, Dr. Lee will put your body through a series of physical, orthopedic and neurological tests. This physical examination will help determine your physical condition and overall health. It will help reveal the condition of your spine (joint restrictions) and areas of muscle tenderness or muscle spasm.

X-Rays

In certain situations, x-rays of your spine may be necessary. These “blueprints” of your spine will show specific problems including fractures and arthritis. They are also used to rule out tumors and other conditions. If this is required Dr. Mandy will refer you back to your medical doctor to request x-rays.

Diagnosis

Based on the findings from your health history and physical examination, Dr. Lee will diagnose your condition and develop an individualized treatment plan for you. Your treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, interferential current, ultrasound, neuroelectical muscle stimulation or microcurrent.

In addition to your treatment plan, to help avoid future occurrences, Dr. Lee usually includes advice on how to take care of your body with simple strengthening and stretching exercises to enhance your activities of daily life. Dr. Lee incorporates her knowledge of Fitness, Pilates and Yoga to design a program that will suit your needs. This program of stretching and strengthening exercises will help increase your flexibility and core strength and ultimately give your body the support it needs to survive a lifetime of stress and strain.

Expect your visit to last approximately 1 hour.

How much will it cost?

The fee for the first visit is $100.00 and subsequent visits are $55.00. Receipts will be provided to patients so their extended healthcare plan, if applicable, can reimburse them.

What does chiropractic treatment involve?

Chiropractors are best known for adjusting the joints of the spine. An adjustment is performed on those joints of the spine that are not moving properly and will adjust those joints to restore proper motion and function to the spine. Treatment may also involve rehabilitative strengthening and stretching exercises, postural retraining and instruction about proper body mechanics.

What’s the popping sound heard during an adjustment?

The popping sound heard during an adjustment is called a cavitation and is a normal part of being adjusted. The spine is made up of vertebrae. Where two vertebrae meet is called a joint. the joint has fluid in it. Prior to delivery of the adjustment the joints comes to tension. This tension causes gas bubbles to form from the fluid in the joint. When the gas gets released a popping sound is heard.

How long will each visit take?

The first visit is the longest and usually takes approximately 40mins. Subsequent visits are shorter and take approximately 15-20 minutes.

How are Chiropractors trained?

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession. In Canada, Chiropractors are required to complete a minimum of three years of university, followed by four years at an accredited Chiropractic College.

A Chiropractic student received over 4500 hours of education, including a full year of clinical internship. In order to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), students are required to pass both a provincial and national set of examinations.

What can a Chiropractic help with?

Headaches, Neck Pain, Carpal Tunnel, Back Pain & Sciatica, Shoulder Pain, Sports Pain, Sports Injuries
Arm Pain/Numbness, Arthritis Pain, Work Related Injuries, Posture Related Injuries, Pregnancy & Female Care.

If you have any further questions, you can always email us and we’ll be pleased to answer your questions. Contact Us.