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Fairfield Chiropractic and Massage
250-361-9311
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT:
The doctor of chiropractic is a specialist in spinal musculoskeletal disorders. He or she is expertly trained to diagnose and treat the many musculoskeletal injuries that may occur on the job or in your daily life. 

Upon injury, the individual often alters the normal position or flexibility of the spinal vertebrae. Chiropractic treatment is designed to restore normal alignment and thus minimize pain and suffering. Gentile manipulative therapy or “adjustment” is often effective in rapidly returning the injured person to a productive status. The doctor of chiropractic can also provide guidance with advice designed to reduce work-related injuries, proper lifting procedures and therapeutic stretching exercises.

Dr. Chris utilizes many techniques in his practice, including Diversified, Gonstead, Upper Cervical, Thompson Drops, Myofascial Release, Applied Kinaesiology, and others, including use of the Activator tool. 

If you are out of alignment, it can affect more than just your spine. The health of your spine directly affects your nervous system, which in term affects the functionality of muscles, organs, and other systems in the body. 
A vertebral subluxation, also known as the vertebral subluxation complex, is the improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine causing nervous system interference, thereby compromising the body’s innate self-healing and self-regulating potential. 

There can be many causes of subluxations. 

Physical causes are acute trauma to the body or repetitive motions that affect the spine. These could include slips and falls, accidents, poor posture, improper workstation habits, repetitive motions, poor sleep positions and improper lifting.

Emotional causes refer to stresses such as grief, anger, anxiety and fear. Excessive stress or inadequate stress management have been shown in research to have significant effects on the immune system.

Chemical causes include poor diet and nutrition, alcohol or drug use, pollution and/or chemical toxins ingested in foods, air, and water.

Fairfield Chiropractic and Massage
337A Cook Street
Victoria BC  V8V 3X5
250-361-9311
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the discipline of detecting and reducing vertebral subluxation. Chiropracitc stems from the Greek title, which translates to 'done by hand.' Chiropractic is the Science, Art and Philosophy that concerns itself with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nerve system, without the use of drugs or surgery.

How does Chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your body's inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!

Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors' malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.

What type of education is required to become a Chiropractor?
Doctors of Chiropractic are well educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.

What is the cracking sound heard during an adjustment?
Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal "release," or "popping" sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

Can I adjust myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a "popping" sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!

Can I get adjustments if I am pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age and condition of health.

Does Insurance cover any of the costs of an adjustment/massage therapy?
Most extended health plans cover a percentage of chiropractic and massage therapy visits. We will provide receipts that you can submit to your insurance company and they will reimburse you based on your specific plan. If you qualify for Premium Assistance, MSP will pay for part of the visit for 10 visits (the 10 visits includes chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopath, and podiatry). 

What can I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit you will need to fill out our intake form (you can download it before your visit on our services page). Dr. Chris will then go over patient history before your adjustment. The first visit usually takes around 30 minutes. If you do not wish to download the intake form please arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill it out.

Can children receive adjustments?
Yes. Even "natural" childbirth can damage an infant's spine. Children are also exposed to countless traumas. Most spinal problems date back to childhood or teenage years.