Chiropractic Medicine

CHIROPRACTIC is a Science, Art and Philosophy which is based on the premise that optimal health depends on the normal function of the nervous system. Your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue and organ in your body.

Just like your skull protects your brain, 24 moving vertebrae (the bones of your spine) cover the spinal cord. These vertebrae are vulnerable to injury from many things. A car accident, or a simple sneeze, can cause these vertebrae to move from their normal position or lose their normal motion. This can irritate the sensitive nerves that branch off the spinal cord, interfering with the communication between the brain and the body.

Chiropractors are doctors with over seven years university level education in the science and art of hands-on healing.  According to the Manga Report (a milestone study by the Ontario Ministry of Health), chiropractic doctors use treatments that are proven to be the safest and most effective in relieving back pain.

Dr. Todd Delamere and Dr. Mark Deighton use highly specialized hands-on healing techniques which assist your body to heal itself naturally. These adjustments help return your spine to optimum health by restoring and maintaining nerve and joint function. The end result? You are healthier and pain free allowing you to live life to its fullest once again.

Here are a series of answers to some of the most popular questions surrounding the health professionals and their modes of practice. If you don’t see your question answered here please feel free to drop us an email or call us – there’s no obligation, and we’d be happy to help!

Chiropractic: What are Subluxations?

“What are subluxations?” - Subluxations are problem areas of the spine that affect your entire nervous system. In these problem areas the spinal bones are misaligned or have lost their normal range of movement. This irritates or puts pressure on local nerves which interferes with the communication between your brain and body (and vice versa).

“How do subluxations happen?” – The stresses and strains of everyday living such as housework, gardening, desk work, lifting, or even sleeping on the couch can cause spinal problems. So can falls, accidents (especially car accidents), sports activities and injuries. In children subluxations can initially occur during the birth process, learning to walk, in play and from everyday childhood activities.

“What are some warning signs of subluxations?” – Symptoms such as headaches, back pain, neck stiffness, pain in your shoulders, arms or legs, numbness in your hands or feet, or nervousness are the most common signs of subluxations. But like a tooth cavity, most people will have a subluxation long before they notice any symptoms.

“How are subluxations corrected?” – Your chiropractor will reduce and correct subluxations with highly skilled adjustments to your spine. If the subluxations have been present a short time, you may only need a few adjustments. However long-term, chronic subluxations will require more frequent adjustments to retrain the problem areas of the spine to hold the vertebrae in their normal, healthy positions. As subluxations are corrected, your nervous system starts to function properly again and your body heals itself.

“How can I avoid subluxations?” – If you wanT to keep subluxations from reccurring, or new ones from developing, it’s best to have periodic adjustments. Combined with a sensible diet and moderate exercise, chiropractic care can help you enjoy the best of health for the rest of your life. Seeing a chiropractor should go with everyone’s job!

What is an adjustment?

“What is an adjustment?” – The wear and tear of everyday life is hard on your spine. It can become misaligned and cause many health problems. This is because the nervous system runs through your spine and controls every function of your body. Chiropractic adjustments are highly skilled, gentle manipulations of your spine. Adjustments help your nervous system to function properly again which allows your whole body to regain and maintain its good health.

“What causes these spinal problems?” – These problems are known as subluxations and can initially occur during the birth process. As your body grows and matures, falls, sports activities, accidents, bad posture or simply the stresses and strains of daily life can cause additional spinal problems to occur or can further irritate those that already exist. Left uncorrected, subluxations lead to conditions such as colic in infants, and headaches, back pain and generally poor health in adults.

“What is it like to be adjusted?” – Patients feel comfortable and relaxed while being adjusted.

“When should I be adjusted?” – If you’re experiencing back pain, headaches or any other pain or health problems, you should see your chiropractor immediately. Once your spinal problems have been corrected with adjustments and exercise, it’s easy to maintain a healthy spine. Having periodic adjustments, even when you’re feeling ok, is the best way to keep your spine in great shape. You might be surprised at how healthy you become, even if you thought you were fine before!

Chiropractic: Headaches and Neck Pain

“Can a chiropractor really get rid of my headaches?” – It will help to understand what causes most headaches. Your spine protects your nervous system which starts with the brain and becomes the spinal cord. When the vertebrae in your neck are unable to move properly, it irritates or puts pressure on the nerves in that area. That can cause headaches. To correct this problem (called a subluxation) a chiropractor gently adjusts the vertebrae. Since most headaches are caused by subluxations, they will soon disappear.

“Why would I have spinal problems in my neck?” – There are many reasons. They can originally occur during the birth process. As your body grows and matures, falls, sports activities, injuries, motor vehicle accidents, bad posture or simply the stresses and strains of daily life can cause spinal problems. It is also very common for headache sufferers to experience neck pain and stiffness.

“But my headaches are migraines” - Migraine headaches are usually severe and sharp, throbbing in nature, and generally affect one side of the head. Tension headaches tend to occur frequently, last a long time and are characterized by a dull, steady pain that feels like a band of pressure around the head. But despite these differences they are closely related. Chiropractic care has been proven to be extremely effective in treating migraine and tension headaches as well as neck pain and stiffness.

“What will the chiropractor do to treat my headaches?” – Your first visit will include a consultation, examination and possibly an x-ray to help diagnose your problem. Once your condition is fully understood, your chiropractor will explain your test and x-ray results and outline a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Your chiropractor will use highly skilled, gentle manipulations to adjust the spine.

“Once my headaches stop, does the chiropractic care end?” – Your body continues to heal after the pain has gone. Continuing to have chiropractic adjustments helps to retrain your vertebrae to hold their healthy positions. Your nervous system will function more efficiently and your body will be better able to heal itself. In time, exercise, a healthy diet, and periodic visits to the chiropractor will help you stay healthy, pain free, and live life to the fullest once again.

Chiropractic and Wellness

“Wait a minute, I hear a lot about wellness, but what does it really mean?” – The word wellness has become a catch phrase that means different things to different people. To your chiropractor wellness is the state of health where your body is free of interruption or interference to any part of your nerve system, enabling you full expression and enjoyment of life. For example, how well you feel is not a dependable indicator of your actual health. Even if you feel you’re coping well with recurrent long-term and familiar aches and pains you are still overtaxing your body, resulting in a low overall wellness score.

“My chiropractor treats my spine for back and neck problems, what’s that got to do with wellness?” - Let’s start at the beginning. First, it’s your nervous system that determines how well you feel mentally, emotionally and physically. When your nervous system isn’t up to par because of spinal problems it has to work overtime to compensate. The effect of overworked and or stressed nervous system can be headache, fatigue, muscle ache and pain and a host of other unpleasant symptoms which can become more serious or lead to more complicated conditions as time passes. The solution can be a simple one: chiropractic care. Your chiropractor is a spinal specialist who can help you restore health to your spine. This will allow your nervous system to work at its best so you can get on with your life.

“So you could say my chiropractor is a wellness specialist, right?” - Right. Your chiropractor will discover any problems that are interfering with your nervous system and through hands-on healing will work with you to eliminate them. After chiropractic adjustment your body will be better able to heal itself. This, in turn, aids your body in maintaining optimum health and thus contributes to your overall wellness. So yes, in addition to relieving spinal back and neck pain your chiropractor is a wellness specialist.

Chiropractic and Low Back Pain

“Is lower back pain really a serious problem?” – First of all, if it makes life more difficult for you, that’s serious in itself. Even if it goes away in a few days you haven’t really gotten rid of the problem. It will most likely return and if left untreated, could be more debilitating the next time. Which is why we recommend seeing a chiropractor at the first sign of back pain. Lower back pain can also be accompanied by a variety of symptoms, some of which indicate very serious problems. Do you currently have or have you ever had:

* Leg pain with numbness, tingling and/or weakness?
* Back or leg pain with coughing or sneezing
* Difficulty standing up after sitting for any period of time?
* Morning stiffness?
* Pain after extended walking?
* Pain in hip, buttock, thigh, knee or foot?

If you answered “yes” to any of these symptoms, it’s time you got help from a doctor. A doctor of chiropractic medicine.

“Why a chiropractor?” – Chiropractors are doctors with over seven years university level education in the art of hands-on healing. They’re the doctors that have been proven to get the best results in the relief of back pain. Need proof? The Manga Report (a milestone study by the Ontario Ministry of Health) concluded that chiropractic care is safer, more effective and more scientific than any other treatment available. Isn’t it time you got relief from that aching back?

“What will a chiropractor do?” – Chiropractors use highly specialized hands-on healing techniques (called adjustments) to correct spinal problems and offer long term relief. Your first visit will include neurological, orthopaedic and chiropractic examinations, and if necessary, an x-ray may be recommended to assist in diagnosing your problem. Once your chiropractor fully understands your condition he’ll give you a complete explanation of your test and x-ray results along with an effective plan of treatment. Next step? Relief.

“How does it work?” - Through chiropractic adjustments your body is given the opportunity to heal itself. That’s because once the spine is properly aligned your entire nervous system can work the way it was intended. Health is restored naturally to your lower back and your whole body. But long-term relief from back pain is a team effort. There’s plenty you can do as well. Consider a healthier lifestyle, moderate exercise, a well-balanced diet and improving your posture. Your chiropractor will do the rest by providing your body with the necessary adjustments to help your spine be healthier and stay healthier.

Chiropractic Maintenance Care

“Why does my chiropractor want to see me again? I’m feeling terrific.” – Just when you thought you’d be saying goodbye to your chiropractor she’s suggesting a maintenance care program. However, it’s important for you to know that your chiropractor is committed to your long term health and well-being. Are you feeling confused? Read on, we’ll explain. Maintenance care is important and it will benefit you, your spine and especially your overall health. Remember, how you feel does not always reflect how healthy you really are. As a spinal health expert you chiropractor realizes it is easier to prevent spinal problems than to correct them. That’s why a maintenance care program consisting of regularly scheduled chiropractic spinal examinations is being recommended you.

“My problems aren’t going to come back, are they?” – With proper follow-up chiropractic care your spine will continue to get stronger but without it, chances are your old problems (and the pain that comes with them) will resurface. Ongoing spinal check-ups and treatments by your chiropractic doctor can not only prevent the return of old problems, they may also stop new problems from developing.

“So a healthy spine means a healthy body?” – By following a chiropractic maintenance program you’ll be rewarded with a strong, healthy spine and a renewed sense of well being. Your chiropractor and you. It’s a team that makes good sense.

Chiropractic Care for the Senior Years

“I’m not looking for the fountain for youth, I just want to be able to enjoy myself again.” – You’ve worked hard all your life to enjoy your golden years, but now those aches and pains are getting in your way. Relax. There’s good news. Your chiropractor is expertly trained to locate your problem and offer treatment and relief.

“I never had these problems when I was younger, why now?” – Your spine, like the rest of your body, has had its fair share of ups and downs during your lifetime and if not cared for appropriately, may degenerate over time. The result of this living stress can be a spine that is out of alignment causing joint stiffness and impairment to your spinal health, leading to pain and disability. The good news is that chiropractic treatments can help relieve these conditions and restore spinal health. The end result? You’re maintaining your good health so you can fully enjoy your retirement years.

“After so long, what will help me?” – Chiropractors are doctors with over seven years university level education in the science and art of hands-on-healing. They’re the doctors who use treatments that are proven to be the safest and most effective in relieving back pain according to the Manga Report (a milestone study by the Ontario Ministry of Health). Call a chiropractor today and get relief from those nagging aches and pains.

Your spine is the “back bone” of your health. Its job is to support you and provide protection to your nervous system which starts in the brain and runs throughout your body. That’s why a problem with your spine can have far reaching effects, causing symptoms such as arm pain.

Your chiropractor uses highly-specialized hands-on healing techniques which assist your body to heal itself naturally. These adjustments help return your spine to optimum health by restoring and maintaining nerve and joint function. The end result? You are healthier and pain free allowing you to live life to its fullest once again.

Chiropractic & Pregnancy

“Why is my back aching all the time these days?” – There are few things in life that put more stress on your spine than pregnancy. Your spine must adapt to posture and weight changes with each passing month and commonly the uncomfortable result is lower back pain. Many women have come to accept that back pain accompanies pregnancy and menstrual cycles. But it shouldn’t have to. Your body was made to compensate and adapt naturally to pregnancy and if you are experiencing aches and pains, something is wrong and needs to be addressed. Not just for you but for your developing and growing child as well.

“What can a chiropractor do?” – A chiropractor is specially trained to locate and correct the problems that are causing your back pain. As well, many women find that their labour is shorter and more comfortable after having received chiropractic care during pregnancy.
“I want to go to a chiropractor but I’m afraid I won’t be comfortable during treatments”

Your chiropractor has special techniques and equipment that will make you comfortable no matter what your stage of pregnancy. You’ll be relaxed and best of all, you’ll say goodbye to that aching back.