Vancouver Chiropractic Care

Facts About Vancouver Chiropractic and Chiropractor:

To become a Doctor of Chiropractic in Vancouver, the candidate must complete a four-year program after obtaining a bachelor’s degree. The four-year chiropractic program consists of classroom, laboratory, and clinical studies, including anatomy, physiology, chiropractic technique, radiology, biochemistry, toxicology, biomechanics, nutrition, diagnosis and physical examination. A clinical internship consisting of one year of hands on clinical experience and training in a professional clinical setting is also required.

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Chiropractic Effectiveness:

Chiropractic care is not only effective but has been documented as superior in many areas of health care. It is significant to note that almost all of the following studies were performed by M.D.’s. The focus of chiropractic care is skeletal (bone and joint) system, nervous system, and muscle system. 

Your First Visit for Chiropractic Treatment:

On your first visit to our Downtown Vancouver Burrard Chiropractic office, you will be welcomed by Dr. Zavosh and our staff. You will then be given the confidential patient intake forms to fill out. One will be a confidential patient information form, the other a consent to treatment form.

After completing the forms, you’ll be seated in one of the treatment rooms where the chiropractor will ask you questions about your family health history, chief complaints, areas of pain, information about your symptoms, and a few other health concern questions.

Your chiropractor will then start an examination of the area(s) of pain, which will include muscles, joints, sensation, reflexes, blood pressure, nerve endings, mobility, functionality, and strength.

Based on these assessments, your chiropractor will explain a diagnosis, treatment methods, a treatment plan, and various options you have going forward. Your chiropractor will then sit down with you to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your health issue(s). After this consultation, the treatment will start.

Treatments vary from one patient to another, since we are not created the same, we will not respond to the same treatment protocol. Therefore, patients will be treated differently and according to their need.

We must point out that patients will recover from their pain and symptoms at a different rate as well. At the end of the first visit, the chiropractor Vancouver will give you some home exercises and stretches to do to enhance the quality of care and to speed up the recovery time. Your chiropractor can also provide instruction on preventative measures and posture to promote a quick recovery. This may include nutrition tips, exercise, as well as other lifestyle changes.

The most important factor to speed up the recovery time from an injury is compliance with your treatment plan.

Things you Should Know About Chiropractic:

Chiropractic is the third largest health care profession after medicine and dentistry. Chiropractic is one of the main branches of health care disciplines firmly grounded in science. Its main focus is the relationship between the skeleton (particularly the spine), muscular (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) and the nervous system that runs through it. Your chiropractor (Doctor of Chiropractic) is concerned with the health and wellness of the entire human body.

Chiropractors use various diagnostic methods, including X-rays and orthopedic tests to discover and evaluate the state of one’s health, paying particular attention to your spine and joint structure.

Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT), physical therapy, myofascia release technique, the Activator Method and other manual adjustments are primary methods of helping your body to recover from its injured state. Please review our chiropractic treatment section to familiarize yourself about these treatment procedures.

Who may want to visit a Chiropractor:

The word chiropractic comes from a combination of two Greek words “chiro” and “praktikis”, meaning “done by hand”. “Treatment by hand” was an accepted form of therapy in ancient Greece. Hippocrates, who is regarded as the founder of medical inquiry, made the first recorded references to spinal manipulation. 2010 marked the 115th anniversary of the evolution of modern Chiropractic. In recognition of this milestone, centennial celebrations were held across Canada and throughout the world. Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of the centennial of the profession, and to honor its Canadian Founder, Dr. Daniel David Palmer.

From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, infants to seniors, and both males and females; Chiropractic care has been the answer to optimum health and wellness. Many people see a Doctor of Chiropractic in Vancouver for back, neck or joint problems, while others may seek relief from the discomfort caused by headaches, high blood pressure, asthma or other conditions. Some people attend appointments for monthly checkups and maintenance. Still others find regular visits to their chiropractor keep them in peak condition.

Regularly a dentist checks our teeth, an optometrist checks our eyes and a doctor checks our blood pressure and heart. Yet, we take the spine – a crucial component of our body – for granted. Regular spinal checkups help to release tension and misalignments from your spinal segments, vertebra, and muscles. As a result, your body will function and move to its optimum potential. You can call your downtown Vancouver chiropractor, Dr. Zavosh, if you have questions about chiropractic. Keep in mind, just like regular dental checkups, a regular chiropractic and spinal checkup can help you maintain better health, posture, mobility and physical strength.

Chiropractic Adjustment

Also known as Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) or Spinal Adjustment, this therapy is one of the most effective treatments utilized by most chiropractors in Vancouver. The main focus of chiropractic treatment is spinal realignment.

The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to correct the spinal subluxation or misalignment found during the examination. To perform this, the chiropractor applies pressure and manipulates the vertebra to release it from its improper position. The vertebra will then be free to align itself correctly.

Unfortunately, the muscles, ligaments and tendons connected to the subluxated vertebrae get used to their positions and have a tendency to pull the vertebra back out of place again. It may take several adjustments before the adjustment “holds” and the vertebra settles into its proper alignment.

If you ask 50 patients to describe their adjustments, you may get 50 different answers! This is because there are many adjusting and treatment techniques for the chiropractor to choose from.

Some chiropractors have their patients sit up for certain adjustments. Others tell them to lie down. Some use elaborate tables with moveable head or foot rests while others use stationary tables. A chiropractor may use a certain technique on one visit and a totally different one the next.

Chiropractors are experts in many adjusting techniques. They realize each patient is unique and has a different anatomy and condition. In fact, each subluxation is different and may require a separate approach. Also, the size, weight, and muscle structure of each patient must be taken into consideration when choosing a technique.

Chiropractors select the adjusting techniques which will most effectively correct subluxations with a minimum of force. The finesse of adjusting requires precision, skill and training.

Since most adjusting techniques emphasize using minimal or gentle pressure, few patients feel any discomfort during the adjustment. Many will hear popping sounds, but the noises you hear during a chiropractic adjustment are just pockets of gas within the joint capsules releasing with a pop, which is completely normal and common.

Once you get used to the popping noises, you may associate them with good adjustments. However, be aware that in time, these noises may lessen or disappear completely. When this happens, it doesn’t mean the adjustment has stopped working. It only means that normal flexibility or mobility is returning to the affected vertebrae and area.

With or without noises, your adjustments usually are pain free. Some patients, particularly if they are tense, involuntarily stiffen and resist the adjustment. At these times, they may feel slight discomfort until they learn to relax.