Chiropractic is a health care discipline that focuses primarily on the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractors do not use medications or surgery as treatment. Instead, the practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, but also the extremities) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health and healing. After performing a thorough history and examination, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercises, and provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle advice to the patient.
What to expect on your first visit
During your first visit you will be asked to complete some paperwork that provides basic information about yourself and your reason for contacting us. A consultation with the chiropractor will give you the chance to discuss your concerns and get to know one another. The chiropractor will complete a thorough health history and examination of your spine and nervous system. The doctor will check your posture, range of motion, reflexes, and perform other chiropractic, physical, and orthopedic tests. If it is determined that yours is not a chiropractic problem, the proper referral will be made. If the doctor feels that chiropractic will help your condition, a diagnosis will be rendered and a care plan of specific chiropractic adjustments will be recommended.
The Chiropractic Adjustment
Chiropractic adjustments are safe, gentle, and effective movements of the joints of the spine and extremity by the chiropractor for the purpose of restoring normal position and movement of those joints. An adjustment works to reduce or eliminate subluxations. Once these bones or vertebrae are restored to their proper position, the spinal cord and its nerves are no longer irritated and they can work properly.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Short-term and regular chiropractic care has a number of benefits including:
- Better physical function, performance, and as a result, more energy
- Improved nerve communication in the body
- Improved posture and balance
- Enhanced tissue healing
- Improved sense of well-being and relaxation
- Decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
- Relief from back and neck pain
- Relief from hip, knee, ankle and foot pain
- Relief from shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
- Relief from stress and tension disorders
At Dakota Chiropractic, we specialize in treating:
Head / Neck
- Whiplash Injury
- Neck Pain
- Neck Degeneration (Arthritis)
- Motor Vehicle Injuries
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Postural Syndrome
- Facet Syndrome
- Disc Protrusion, Disc Herniation
- Spinal Degeneration (Arthritis)
- Work Place Injuries (WCB)
- Frozen Shoulder
- Shoulder Tendonitis
- Biceps Tendon Injury
- Rotator Cuff Sprain/Strain
- Radiating Arm Pain
- Elbow Sprain/Strain
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Wrist Sprain/Strain
- De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
- Carpal Tunnel Sydrome
Hip / Thigh
- Hip Bursitis
- Sciatic pain
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Knee Sprain/Strain
- Meniscus Tear
- IT Band Syndromes
Ankle / Foot
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ankle Sprain/Strain
- Sports Injuries
The 3 Phases of Chiropractic Care:
A typical patient will encounter 3 phases of care. Phase one focuses on the obvious symptoms such as reduction of pain. The second phase addresses joint & spinal stabilization and correcting the underlying cause of the problem. The last phase consists of periodic check-ups to prevent the formation of new injuries and minimize future flare-ups.
Phase 1: Acute or Relief Care
Acute care is when the patient enters the chiropractic office and is in some degree of pain. Treatments focus on those techniques and therapies which most quickly and effectively reduce pain and swelling, decrease muscle spasms, promote healing, and restore motion to the affected joint & spinal area. Chiropractic care, combined with rest and ice, is recommended during this phase and is usually defined as the first 4-6 weeks of care. Treatment is normally at its highest level with many conditions requiring daily adjustments to 3-2 times per week for the duration of 4-6 weeks depending on the severity of your condition. It is extremely important that patients keep their appointments and follow their treatment plan for proper healing to occur.
Phase 2: Corrective Care
This phase is characterized by significant reduction of pain or no pain and the patient is able to resume normal activities. Your spine is beginning to stabilize and hold its adjustments for longer periods. Along with chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative stretching and exercises are introduced to strengthen the spine and supporting structures. Frequency of visits decreases but may still be 1-2 times per week for 4-8 weeks or longer for more severe conditions. The emphasis shifts on correcting the underlying cause of the problem, accelerating soft tissue healing, restoring proper range of motion, and improving joint function. Do not be discouraged if you experience mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Patients should also be aware that once pain and discomfort have disappeared, tissue healing and functional correction is still incomplete and will often require additional treatments.
Phase 3: Maintenance Care
Phase three of care begins once your body has thoroughly healed and is now holding its adjustments. The patient will be recommended to continue with periodic check-ups. Treatment frequency ranges anywhere from once every two weeks to once a year. These routine chiropractic check-ups will help maintain optimum health and be used to help avoid future problems and flare-ups.
The safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment have been studied in-depth and very carefully. Studies have found chiropractic to be extremely safe (low risk) and most effective in alleviating back pain, neck pain, headaches, and many other musculoskeletal conditions. If you are diagnosed with a condition more appropriately treated by another health care professional, we will make that referral.
Spinal & Postural Screenings
There is a saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your spinal health is no exception. Posture and spinal screenings by trained and experienced chiropractors such as Dr. Raizman and Dr. Badhan can help reveal important health information. In order to help the Winnipeg community, we provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today at 204-257-7685 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.