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So How Does Your Chiropractor Know …

… which care plan you require?

Man sitting beside spine modelAre you ever curious about how Chiropractors create their patients’ care plans? How many visits does a patient need? How frequent should the visits be?

During the initial exam your condition, your lifestyle and many other factors are noted and evaluated. This information plays an important role in the recommendations which your Chiropractor uses to creates for the first part of your care.

To start, you will need to build up enough “momentum”. If the frequency of your adjustments is too far apart, you won’t gain enough momentum to begin to reverse the existing damage in your spine.

If the visits are too frequent, the body will not have sufficient time to put the adjustments to use.

Selecting the optimal balance between too frequent and not frequent enough requires training, clinical experience and skill.

… which part of your spine to adjust?

Patients who come in with specific issue in one area of their spine often ask why we adjust a completely different area of their spine. For example, a patient comes in with a complaint about lower back pain but we begin by adjusting their neck. Why?

Since your spine is designed to help you deal with gravity, a problem in one area is often caused by a problem that exists in another part of your spine. This is known as a compensation reaction.

Someone complaining of lower back pain may have a more severe issue developing in their upper neck of which they are not aware because there are currently no symptoms – yet. However, at this stage their neck misalignment has begun to cause a problem in their lower spine. As we adjust their neck, it can better support the weight of the body and the lower back pain begins to resolve!

Chiropractic adjustments are very specific and targeted but we view your spine as an integrated whole so we do not focus only on the area that is showing symptoms.

If you have any questions about the health or alignment of your spine or that of your loved ones, Dr. Erin McLaughlin and Dr. Pierre Paradis are here to help. If you live or work in Kanata and the surrounding area, contact us today or give us a call at (613) 831-9665.


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