Chiropractic is a healthcare profession which specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and the effects that these disorders have on a person’s overall health.
The focus is on manual treatment, including spinal and joint manipulations, as well as soft-tissue techniques in both a preventive and a curative approach.
Chiropractic care is recommended for everyone, from newborns to seniors. Chiropractors help people enjoy life to its fullest by optimizing the functions of the neuromusculoskeletal system and by providing relief from aches and pains.
Dr. Martin, Chiropractor, adapts her care to the unique and specific needs of each patient. Her gentle and personable approach promotes quick recovery and global well-being.
The holistic and gentle approach of chiropractic care is perfect for promoting health and balance during pregnancy, after birth and throughout your toddler’s development.
By identifying and correcting spinal dysfunction early on, chiropractic care promotes optimal development and health. Your family chiropractor is trained to detect and correct spinal problems early on in your baby’s life.
Here are some of the common signs of dysfunction:
- Flat head (plagiocephalia)
- Restricted head or neck movement to one side
- Irritability, discomfort, frequent crying
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Repeated regurgitation or colic
- Abnormal motor development or delays
- One shoulder higher than the other
- Frequent falls
Children are, by nature, active and energetic. As they tumble, their bodies are extremely flexible and resilient, and they often show nothing more than a bruise or scrape. However, on the inside, the small bones forming the spinal column and protecting the central nervous system can easily be damaged and affect their growth and development.
Chiropractic care will optimise the function of nerves and of the spine. It is a highly skilled treatment and, in the case of children, very gentle. Spinal evaluations help identify and correct early imbalances or misalignments. Your chiropractor will monitor your child’s development and give advice on posture and healthy living.
These common childhood disorders may often be linked to spinal dysfunction:
- Scoliosis or deviation of the spine
- « Growing pains »
- A shoulder lower than the other
- Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal pains
- Postural issues (rounded shoulders, head carried forward…)
Adolescence is a period of great physical, emotional, and social change. It is also a critical time in terms of development and growth for bones and muscles. Rapid growth spurts can be problematic if the vertebrae and joints supporting the body’s increasing weight are misaligned.
Your chiropractor is a precious ally for promoting healthy lifestyle habits for your teen and for guiding their choices into adulthood.
Chiropractic adjustments can also relieve many of a teenager’s aches and pains, such as:
- Bad posture – at school, in front of the TV, computer or in bed
- Frequent headaches
- Recurrent infections (sinus infections, colds, flus)
- Fatigue and sleep disturbances
- Tension due to stress
- Sports injuries (bursitis, tendinitis, sprains)
- ‘Growing pains’
It is well known that Mother’s health affects Baby’s health. All systems and organs of the pregnant woman are now providing for two; optimal function is thus vital for fetal development. During pregnancy, it is crucial to maintain proper alignment in the pelvic area. Due to increased physical stress on the mother’s spine and pelvis, the pelvic opening may be compromised resulting in a more difficult delivery.
Chiropractic care is a powerful and natural ally during pregnancy. By optimizing all functions of the nervous system and correcting spinal and pelvic misalignments, you can count on your chiropractor to be by your side.
Pregnant women benefit from chiropractic care:
- Through prevention: to facilitate an uncomplicated pregnancy and birth
- For breech or transverse presentation of baby – “Webster Technique”
- For sciatic, pelvic, and groin pain
- For numbness in limbs
- For gastric reflux
- For tension between shoulder blades
Adult life is hectic, stressful, and busy. Our health is often taken for granted. Bad habits, like poor nutrition or a sedentary lifestyle, psychological stresses, and environmental toxins can lead to permanent conditions and disease.
A chiropractor can guide you in better identifying factors that negatively impact your health and can help you achieve your health objectives, as well as treat aches and pains due to injury.
Chiropractic care helps with these conditions:
- Neck, midback or lower back pain
- Tingling or numbness in arms or hands
- Headaches, dizziness and vertigo
- Sports injuries
- Bursitis, tendonitis and sprains
- Arthritic pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Knee or hip pain
- Shoulder pain or injury
Growing old does not mean no longer doing what you love … quite the contrary!
Your chiropractor will help you achieve and maintain your health objectives, including physical activity.
Chiropractic care is a natural way to help relieve pain caused by degenerative changes in joints, known as arthritis. It can also provide many other beneficial effects such as improving sleep and reducing headaches.
As we age, balance, proprioception (perception of our body in space) and reflexes are less effective. Chiropractic care allows optimal function of joints and of the nervous system thus reducing the risk of falls.
Chiropractic care is a good solution to add years to your life and, most importantly, life to your years!
Chiropractic consultations should be part of your normal health routine, just like regular visits to your doctor and dentist. The chiropractor is a primary contact healthcare professional; no medical referral is required to seek consultation (except for CSST and SAAQ cases). These services are covered by most private insurance plans.
Your first appointment will be a 15 minute consultation over the phone, followed by a 45 minute full examination in clinic. Be prepared to answer questions regarding:
- Your personal and family medical history
- Services received by other healthcare professionals
- Any hospitalizations and surgery you have had
- History of your major injuries and accidents
- Any medication, vitamins or supplements you are taking
- Steps taken to date to relieve your health issues
- Your lifestyle habits (nutrition/exercise/sleep/activities and work/stress)
The in-clinic appointment will consist of a series of examinations including postural, neurological, orthopedic and spinal palpation to identify any potential dysfunction of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system or the presence of vertebral subluxation.
Dr. Martin, chiropractor, will then be able to suggest a personalized chiropractic treatment plan tailored to your condition and health objectives. You will have a chance to ask questions regarding the proposed plan and other treatment options, so you take an active role in your recovery period.