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Q: How long does it take to recover from chronic/severe disc injuries and/or sciatica?


A: Most people get significant relief in 4 - 6 weeks.

Q: How many shockwave treatments does it take to heal plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, or Tennis Elbow?


A: Most people are essentially pain free after 3 - 6 treatments, although some people need 2 - 3 months for the pain to resolve.

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Q: What is joint dysfunction?


A: Joint dysfunction (a.k.a. subluxation) is when the joints of the spine, or extremities (arms and legs), lose their ability to move freely. Sometimes we say these joints are stuck, fixated, stiff, or out of place, just like a sheet of paper placed slightly crooked in a printer might get jammed, or stuck. These stiff or dysfunctional joints can create pain, and are always tender to touch and often surrounded by muscle spasm. The pain they cause can be local or can spread to other areas. For example, a stiff joint in your low back can cause pain down your leg, and a dysfunctional joint in your neck can cause headaches around your eye. A joint in your upper back which gets stuck can cause pain similar to heartburn. If joints are allowed to remain dysfunctional for a length of time the cartilage will start to break down – this is degeneration, or arthritis.

Q: What is a chiropractic adjustment (treatment) like?


A: Once the chiropractor has found the subluxated, fixated, or stiff joints, an adjustment or manipulation, is performed on that joint to restore normal motion, thus relieving pain. An adjustment is a quick, but shallow and gentle thrust on a stiff joint, which restores motion to that joint. The adjustment makes a popping noise as nitrogen gas in the joint fluid (like oil) forms a bubble, this process is called cavitation. This is similar to the popping noise of opening a can of pop, or a bottle of champagne.


To correct a subluxated or stuck joint it usually takes a number of adjustments, depending on how long it’s been like that, how much soft tissue damage/spasm is present, how strong/weak your supporting muscles are, and what you do during a normal day (i.e. bad posture, stress, etc.). We often use the analogy of a rusty hinge that has to be moved back and forth repeatedly to loosen it up. The number of treatments required can often be reduced by performing proper stretches, strengthening exercise, or ART.

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Q: Will I be sore after my adjustment?


A: At Calgary’s Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic, 11% of patients report increased soreness in the first few days of treatment. This has generally been thought to be a reaction to tearing of adhesions (scar tissue) which was preventing normal motion of that joint or part of the healing process. However, some studies show a similar number of people complain of increased symptoms following placebo treatments and therefore the increased pain felt by some may just be a normal fluctuation in pain intensity unrelated to treatment.

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Q: What can chiropractic adjustments help?


A: Most people know chiropractors for their miraculous treatments of back and neck pain, and indeed this is where most of the research on the effectiveness of chiropractic is. Relief of back and neck pain, and headaches with chiropractic adjustments (spinal manipulation) has been researched extensively and has been found to be more effective, or at least as effective, for relief of pain; much safer than over-the-counter or prescription medication; more cost effective; gets people back to work sooner; and has a higher patient satisfaction than conventional treatment (medicine/physiotherapy). However, chiropractors are also very skilled in the treatment of other muscle and joint injuries like shoulder, wrist and hand, hip, knee, and foot problems. Some of our chiropractors are also trained extensively in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, like tendonitis and repetitive strain injuries. Treatment and prevention of sports injuries and nutritional consulting are also areas chiropractors excel in. If we can’t help you, we’ll send you to someone who can. Chiropractic first (including exercise, nutrition, and other non-invasive treatments), drugs second, surgery last.

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