Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic treatment involves the use of completely natural, safe, drug-free, non-invasive, extremely comfortable, and highly effective manual therapy, fascial release techniques, physical rehabilitation and exercise designed to promote healing, restore function and enhance performance in the body.

What is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Chiropractic treatment involves the use of completely natural, safe, drug-free, non-invasive, extremely comfortable, and highly effective manual therapy, fascial release techniques, physical rehabilitation and exercise designed to promote healing, restore function and enhance performance in the body.

For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue, and consequently improve the health of the individual.

Our chiropractors seek to reduce pain, improve functional movement and educate clients on their own health through exercise, ergonomics and home care. We strive to do this by focusing on the root of the problem, not just masking the symptoms. The treatment concept of chiropractic is to re-establish normal spinal mobility, which in turn alleviates the irritation to the spinal nerve and/or re-establishes altered reflexes.

Conditions Treated

Head & Neck

  • Mechanical neck pain
  • Headaches (tension type, migraine, cervicogenic)
  • Muscle & joint pain
  • Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) due to motor vehicle accidents or trauma
  • Chronic muscle tension due to poor posture
  • Torticollis (in infants, children, and adults)
  • Scoliosis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)
  • Cervical disc herniation’s
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Arthritis / arthrosis
  • Facet joint irritation / dysfunction
  • Sports injuries (sprains & strains)
  • Sinusitis
  • Vertigo
  • Myofascial pain syndromes (MPS)

Upper Back & Shoulder

  • Postural stress (chronic muscle tension)
  • Facet joint irritation / dysfunction
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma (tension caused by bronchiolar spasms)
  • Costovertebral injuries (injured ribs where they attach to the spine)
  • Shoulder sprains & strains
  • Tendonitis & calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Rotator cuff tears / injuries / strains / tendonosis
  • Arthritis in the shoulder joint
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Shoulder separations (acromioclavicular joint)
  • Muscle trigger points
  • Sports injuries
  • Rib irritations

Low Back & Hip

  • Lumbar sprains & strains
  • Lumbar disc herniations
  • Sciatica (radiating leg pain, pinched nerves)
  • Piriformis syndrome (which can cause sciatica-type symptoms)
  • Muscle tension & generalized stiffness
  • Lumbar instability or poor core-muscle strength
  • Pregnancy related low back or pelvic pain (see below)
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB) seen commonly in runners
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis (in lumbar spine & hip joints)
  • Adductor strains (pulled groin injuries)
  • Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI)

Extremities

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Nerve entrapments
  • ACL/MCL injuries in the knee
  • Patellar tendinopathy / tendonosis (Jumper’s knee)
  • Knee or ankle arthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints)
  • Sprains & strains
  • Repetitive-strain Injuries (RSI)
  • Meniscal tears
  • Baker’s cyst’s

Pregnancy Conditions

  • Low back pain due to postural changes
  • Sciatica (shooting pain down the back of the thigh & leg)
  • Ligamentous laxity
  • Ankle pain (due to swollen ankles)
  • Piriformis syndrome (pain in buttocks & down the leg)
  • Mid-back pain due to breast enlargement
  • Headaches due to hormonal changes
  • Abdominal & uterine pain due to in-utero constraint (caused by tension in the soft tissues that stabilize the pelvis & uterus)

Clinical Benefits

Improved & renewed physical health & well-being (‘wellness’)

Improved quality of life

Improved posture

Improved quality of sleep

Improved circulation

Improved flexibility

Improved range of motion (ROM)

Improved concentration

Increased energy levels

Reduced fatigue & lethargy

Reduced pain & soreness due to injury or disease

Reduced muscle spasms

Reduced cost in pain medication

Reduced scar tissue formation (adhesions) in injured tissues

Reduced stiffness and muscle tension

Enhanced athletic performance

Maintaining balance in musculoskeletal system

Injury prevention

Realignment of the entire spine

FAQ'S

Is chiropractic adjustment safe?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to common musculoskeletal conditions such as headache, neck and back pain for all ages. As such, it is a low risk therapy. Complications arising from adjustment are so rare that actual risk is difficult to even quantify. Hundreds of research studies have shown chiropractic to be a safe and effective method of treatment.

How is chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during four intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient.

Can chiropractic treatment provide a preventive function?

Absolutely. Clinical studies suggest that individuals with chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) or recurrent neck pain, back pain or headaches may experience less frequent and less severe symptoms when under regular chiropractic care. This also applies to individuals in highly stressful situations and those who experience repetitive physical and postural strain from their daily activities.

Why would neck adjustments have an effect on anything other than neck pain?
  • Pain or discomfort in one area of the body may be linked functionally to discomfort arising from another area. Consequently, addressing dysfunction in one part of the body may relieve symptoms in another part. If you look at a model of the spine, you can see that the spine is one continuous structure.
  • Adjustment at various points along the spine may be needed to help reduce biomechanical stresses on other parts of the spine and to relieve discomfort when it is clinically necessary.
  • The spine is also the protective channel that surrounds the spinal cord. Apart from special nerves originating from the brain and brain stem, all nerves in the body involved with bodily functions such as sensation and motor control emanate from the spinal cord and travel through openings in the spine between the vertebrae. Spinal nerves carry highly complex information that is important for the proper functioning of the human body.
  • Spinal dysfunction can have an effect on proper functioning of the nervous system causing symptoms in other parts of the body. Adjusting or manipulating the spine, in combination with other therapies, may help alleviate symptoms in many body regions.
Do I have to get my neck adjusted?

Absolutely not. In fact, not all cases of neck pain require manipulation. That decision is completely yours and your treatment options will be discussed in detail with you before proceeding. At Phelona Therapies our practitioners have a variety of treatment options to assist you.