Who needs a Chiropractor?
Anyone who has subluxations will benefit from seeing a chiropractor. A
care plan will be recommended that reflects the specific needs of the
individual. How often a person is seen and for how long is determined
on an individual basis.
All ages are seen in our office, from a few hours old to over 100
years. One is never too young or too old to have their spine checked.
In fact, many people choose to have their subluxations corrected before
they develop aches and pains through maintenance treatment.
see us for many reasons, including: low back pain, neck pain,
headache, stiffness, strains, sprains, shoulder pain, knee pain, hip
pain, scoliosis, stress and tension, jaw noise and pain, maintenance
care, osteoarthritis, postural correction, rib pain, low energy, low
immunity. Pregnancy is also a very common reason to visit the
chiropractor, to help manage those aches and pains and improve the sense
What causes subluxations?
There are many reasons why your spine may develop problems.
Usually, the symptom that finally takes you to a chiropractor has been
building up over time; the result of poor posture, too much stress, and
old injury or two, or exposure to toxins in the environment. The spine
reacts by tightening and/or misaligning, producing an irritating effect
upon the nerves.
What can I expect?
On your first visit, you will complete a Health Questionnaire to help us
understand your current situation. Then a history is taken, followed
by an examination that will include the necessary neurological,
orthopaedic and chiropractic tests. X-rays may be ordered if necessary. Once this information is complete,
your results will be explained, usually on the second visit.
A typical treatment involves the gentle aligning and mobilizing of your
spine. This is called an ‘adjustment’ and is performed by Dr.
Dean or Dr. Heather. In addition, muscle therapy, exercise instructions or other
necessary procedures such as Low Intensity Laser Therapy or Therapeutic Ultrasound will be
included. Dr. Heather also offers clinical acupuncture.
How long will it take to get well?
Although it would be helpful to answer this question specifically, the
truth is that everyone is different. Most people begin to experience
relief in just a few visits. Results may vary depending on how severe
your problem is, how long you have had it and other factors.
Your progress will be monitored to ensure that you are on the road
to recovery. There are three levels of care that you can choose:
Relief care is meant to help with symptom
management only. Underlying spinal issues are not necessarily corrected
with relief care.
Corrective care requires a longer time frame and usually more visits as
it deals with correcting longstanding problems that are usually behind
the symptomatic flare-ups.
Maintenance care is lifetime care that seeks to optimize the
function of your spine through periodic (often monthly to quarterly)