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What is Chiropractic and how does it work?
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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism, controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves of the body.  If the spine (vertebra) becomes shifted out the normal position or ‘stuck’ this can irritate the joints, ligaments, muscles and most importantly, the nerves!  These spinal shifts can be the cause of many symptoms including pain, numbness/tingling and weakness.

How does Chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by restoring spinal function with gentle safe chiropractic adjustments.  Improved spinal function allows for improved joints, ligament, and muscle functions.  Together this will help your nervous system function better with fewer or no symptoms. soon

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Do children need Chiropractic care?  What about infants and babies?
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Do children need Chiropractic care?

That depends.  Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood health complaints can be traced back to a spinal shift.  Having the spine checked throughout your child’s growing years can help prevent health problems in adulthood. Parents often prefer Chiropractic care for their children because of its safe, non-invasive nature.  Search research articles on chiropractic and children by clicking the link.  

Do babies and infants need Chiropractic care? 
Even with today’s natural childbirth, some methods can cause spinal shift. Studies suggest that infantile colic, poor appetite, ear infections or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Pediatric adjustments are gentle and safe, and offer a drug-less alternative that many parents prefer. Pediatricians commonly refer to Chiropractors for a natural approach for infant health problems. Great times to consider having your baby checked are: After the birth process. When the baby starts to hold his/her head up. When the baby sits up. When the baby starts to crawl. When the baby starts to stand. When the baby starts to walk.You do everything to ensure your baby’s health during pregnancy: you eat right, avoid drugs, smoking and drinking, take childbirth classes so you can have a natural, drug-free birth.  After the baby is born, you breastfeed knowing that it is the superior form of nutrition; you do everything you can to make sure your baby is healthy…but have you had the most important part of their health, their spine and nervous system, checked?

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Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?  
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Absolutely!  Pregnant women frequently have more comfortable and shortened active labour times.   Due to the inability to take medications, the natural safe approaches of Chiropractic is a logical choice for pregnant women for pain,  morning sickness, and other pregnancy relate issues.  More and more doulas,  midwives,  family doctors  ( maybe a good link) are referring to chiropractors because of the results.Pregnancy care is a very different form of chiropractic care.  Special tables, pillows and patient positioning must be used so Moms are comfortable.   Also there are techniques designed to help naturally turn a Breech baby called the Webster Technique.  Dr. Kevin has a special interest in caring for preganant women and children.  He has completed post graduate courses offered through the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association (ICPA) in this particular area and is trained in using the Webster Technique.  

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What results can I expect from an adjustment?
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That is a tough question to answer as everybody is different.  The goal of chiropractic care is to improve the function of the spine and nervous system. When that happens irritations to the nerves, ligaments and muscles are reduced which help a person feel better and heal better.  Some patients will just jump off the table as they feel so must better from the adjustment, while others will require a series of adjustments. The number of adjustments will depend on your condition, the length of time you have had the problem, your age and the degree of spinal changes or decay.  The key is to always remember that your care is ALWAYS up to YOU.  Dr. Kevin will give you his best recommendations based on your spinal condition, nervous system function and your health goals.

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Do I need a medical doctor's referral to see a chiropractor?
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Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary. However more and more medical doctors are referring their patients to Chiropractors. 

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Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
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In most cases, not at all.
In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored, such as when a wet glass is removed from a table.
Some Chiropractors use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique recomended for your particualr condition, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe and effective adjustment.

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How long will I need chiropractic care?
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Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.
Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

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