Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as i see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.
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What is Chiropractic?


Chiropractic is a branch of healthcare based on the scientific fact that your body is self-regulating and self-healing and that all processes in your body are controlled through the nervous system.

The brain communicates through the spinal cord, and out to the body through the spinal nerves and back again. Tension and stress in the spine puts tensions on these nerves causing nerve interference. Chiropractic focuses on releasing tension on the spine in order to remove nerve interference.

The removal of nerve interference promotes a healthy spine, healthy mind, and healthy body.

What is a Doctor of Chiropractic?


Chiropractors are doctors who are experts in the nerves, bones, and muscles of the human body, referred to as the “neuromusculoskeletal system”. Chiropractors are expertly trained to assess, diagnose and treat conditions of the spine as well as the rest of the body.

Chiropractors focus on adjusting the spine and other joints of the body while incorporating other treatment such as soft tissue and laser therapies.

Chiropractors are extensively trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutrition and wellness counseling, and to design rehabilitation and injury prevention programs.

What conditions do Chiropractors care for?


Chiropractors care for many conditions related to nerves, muscles, and joints of the spine and body. While Chiropractic care focuses on the spine, Chiropractors are expertly trained to assess, diagnose, and treat ailments throughout the body.

Common conditions patients seek Chiropractic care for include:

Poor posture
Headaches and migraines
Low energy levels
Neck pain
PMS symptoms
Childhood colic
Low back pain
Poor sleep quality
Stress management
Shoulder injuries
Chronic knee pain

What is an adjustment?


A Chiropractic adjustment is a highly skilled and precise procedure unique to Chiropractic. It is applied by hand or instrument to a joint of the body, most frequently the spine.

The quick and controlled movement restores appropriate neurologic function, promotes healing to a irritated or tight joint, and restores normal range of motion while releasing tension on the spine and its associated nerves.

A ‘pop’ is occasionally heard due to the release of gases from the joint. The adjustment is  extremely safe and is a vital component to ensuring a healthy body.

Is Chiropractic care safe?


Chiropractic is extremely safe and is one of the safest healthcare options available. There are literally thousands of scientific studies proving Chiropractic’s safety and effectiveness.

Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. In fact Chiropractic adjustments are safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers, and even over the counter pain killers!

Does Chiropractic care hurt?


Chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. On a rare occasion some discomfort may be experienced during or following an adjustment. Your Chiropractor will discuss if you have any specific risks that may make you prone to discomfort following an adjustment.

Regardless of any discomfort felt during or following an adjustment the healing process initiated by the adjustment is still taking place, be patient and your condition will improve.

What is Dr. Small’s approach to Chiropractic?


Dr. Small follows the science of Chiropractic; the body is designed to heal and regulate itself. Dr. Small follows specific phases of care that maximize your body’s ability to heal itself.

Dr. Small utilizes both manual adjustments along with controlled force techniques.

What is “Vertebral Dysfunction”?


Also known as “subluxation” or “vertebral subluxation complex”, Vertebral Dysfunction is the result of misalignment of the spine.

Vertebral dysfunction is a common condition of the spine and results from an accumulation of daily stress on the spine. This stress can come from physical, emotional, and chemical aspects of your life. As this stress builds, tension builds up in the spine and puts tension on the nervous system resulting in nerve interference.

When someone is suffering from vertebral dysfunction they tend experience pain or discomfort, especially in and around the spine. However, an individual can also experience fatigue, poor sleep patterns, inability to concentrate, or decreased performance in work and sports.

What Type of Education do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?


Today’s Doctor of Chiropractic is extremely well educated. The science of Chiropractic requires 4 years and over 4200 hours of post graduate education with a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray analysis, spinal adjusting techniques, and other related subjects.

This demanding curriculum prepares Doctors of Chiropractic to locate Vertebral Dysfunction and help correct the resulting nerve interference.

A chiropractic education never ends. Chiropractors are obligated to meet the continuing education demands of the provincial regulatory bodies they belong to.

Are non GoodLife members allowed?


Dr. Small’s clinic is open to the general public in addition to GoodLife members. There are no additional fees or restrictions to clinic access for the general population (non-GoodLife members).

Once I start seeing a Chiropractor how long will I have to keep going?


How long you will need to see your Chiropractor will depend on a variety of aspects related to your condition and care plan. Individual differences in health, age, fitness level, degree of injury, health goals, and extent of vertebral dysfunction will all alter the course of care you require.

It is important to note that there are great health benefits related to lifetime Chiropractic care.

I crack my own neck or back. Is that the same thing you do?


Chiropractic adjustments are very specific and take a very specific force, direction, depth, and feel. As such it is impossible to adjust yourself. Spinal adjusting may look simple when done by an experienced Chiropractor, but it has taken several years and thousands of hours to master.

Turning and twisting your back and neck may create a ‘popping’ sound similar to that experienced during an adjustment, however this can cause an unstable area of the spine to become even more unsteady. The goal of the adjustment is to induce movement into joints that are not moving normally. Twisting your neck or back can cause unstable joints to become more unstable. Spinal adjusting is not for amateurs!

The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of Chiropractic is to receive adjustments from a Doctor of Chiropractic. Even your doctor must seek out the services of another colleague to help restore and maintain proper spinal function.

Do I have a pinched nerve?


You may, but it is more likely you have an irritated nerve or nerve interference. A pinched nerve is fairly rare but is also a very severe injury.

However, an irritated or pinched nerve can initially appear very similar to a patient. Both will can have numbness, tingling, or a sensation similar to your arm or leg being “asleep”. If you are concerned that you have a pinched nerve it is vital that you consult a Doctor of Chiropractic for an examination.

What is “nerve interference”?


Nerve interference is the result of vertebral dysfunction. Essentially, the tension on the nervous system causes the nerves associated with the spine to communicate inefficiently. This inefficient communication limits the body from performing its normal function appropriately.

Nerve interference is a significant health problem and should be addressed on a regular basis. Chiropractors are expertly trained to located and care for vertebral dysfunction, the cause of nerve interference.

Do I have a slipped disc?


It is actually not possible for a disc to slip. You may however have a disc injury. The intervertebral disc is a gel like pad between each of your vertebrae.

There are several types of disc injuries that can occur including; disc herniation, where the disc ruptures and presses on a spinal nerve, and degenerative disc disease, where the disc deteriorates and shrinks.

Chiropractors are expertly trained to assess and diagnose the specific cause of any disc injury you may have.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?


No, each patient is adjusted according to their unique requirements. Your Chiropractor will determine the best way to adjust your spine after completing a detailed examination.

Many Chiropractors will adjust your entire spine, even though you don’t have pain in that area. Pain is a poor indicator of problems as many problems refer pain into other areas. Some patients who complain of headaches, may actually have a lower back problem that is causing a compensation reaction at the base of the skull. Other patients may be experiencing numbness and tingling in their fingers, when the actual problem is in the neck. While visits may seem similar, each visit builds on the one before and is extremely unique.

Chiropractic care is customized to each patient’s age, condition, and spinal problem