Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care

What is chiropractic care? It focuses on restoring and maintaining the human body’s musculoskeletal system. This includes muscles, joints, nerves, and other related soft tissues. Treatments assist the patient in reaching a functional, structural, and systemic state of balance. Joint mobilization and manipulation, soft tissue therapy, exercise prescription, and patient education all work together.

Traditionally, chiropractic has been seen as treating only spine (neck and back) related concerns, but the profession’s scope of practice covers the entire body and all its moving components. Chiropractic does not rely on drug prescription or surgical interventions; rather, it centers on the effective use of manual therapies to assist tissue healing and recovery. Chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, physiotherapists, and massage therapists to optimize patient outcomes.

What Education Does a Chiropractor Require?

As the third leading health care discipline in Canada next to medicine and dentistry, chiropractic is a highly regulated profession. Doctors of chiropractic complete a minimum of seven years of university study in a program similar to that of medicine. Chiropractors are required to complete further yearly professional education and often receive subsequent qualifications in specific areas of interest.

For this reason, there are a wide variety of practitioners who focus on a range of different body areas and conditions. Chiropractic is recognized around the world and is strongly represented by our Canadian educational and research community.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?

If you have pain, joint trauma, soft tissue damage, or general stiffness, chiropractic therapy can help. Whether your problem is acute or chronic it can lead to a disruption in structural balance and joint function.

Chiropractic adjustments help to realign joints to their correct orientation. This enhances healing, leads to proper joint movement, and helps return challenged systems to a normal state. In cases of chronic disuse, misuse, or over-use, certain body tissues eventually become rigid, shortened, and sometimes brittle. As a result, ranges of motion are limited and often lead to further chronic injury and degeneration.

Appropriate chiropractic adjustments assist in freeing these restrictions working against scar tissue and encouraging proper nerve conduction and blood flow. Treatments may be done with a low amplitude, high velocity manual thrust, or if the patient prefers, with a mechanical adjusting instrument. Either approach is only administered with full patient awareness and approval.

Will Chiropractic Impact My Running?

Absolutely! Many recreational and elite athletes worldwide (runners and triathletes in particular) make regular chiropractic care a vital part of their push to success. This enables their core, pelvis, and lower limbs to work in unison without having to compensate for abnormal muscle tension or joint restrictions. Due to the high degree of repetitive strain involved in both training and competing, runners often experience unique imbalances which can be relieved with appropriate correction.

Dr. Stefani combines his personal journey as a health clinician and performance triathlete with twenty-five years of run coaching experience to address the many issues runners face. His care includes clinical therapy for all running injuries, biomechanical video gait analysis for proper running form, injury prevention protocols and training program direction for the full range of running and triathlon distance events.

Contact us at Island Running Doc to find out how you can benefit from our chiropractic care services.

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5356 Fillinger Cres.
Nanaimo, BC
V9V 1H6

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