How Can Chiropractic Care Help You?
Chiropractic care is one the best treatment options if you are diagnosed or suffering from one of the following conditions:
Neck pain, caused by trauma or tension
Whiplash injuries, caused by sports or vehicle accidents
Headaches or migraines, caused by muscle tension
TMJ or jaw pain
Shoulder, elbow, wrist injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome
Lower back pain, muscle sprain and strain
Pain from herniated spinal disc, nerve pinch, sciatica or disc bulge
Spinal, pelvis or hip joint pain
Knee and foot pain, caused by flat feet, heel spur, plantar fasciitis or injuries
Connecting The Puzzle: Muscle, Tendon, Joint + Nerve Pain
When Muscles and tendons are injured they heal with scar tissue. However this scar tissue may not always form in an ideal fashion and after time can impair proper function. Muscle may stick to the tendons or even the other muscles, which will cause friction and irritation, leading to painful adhesions. Also, scar tissue will affect nerves and may cause decreased nerve function or neuropathies like sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome. If this scar tissue is not treated properly the body will adopt altered movement strategies or negative compensation (such as a limp).
Here at Murray Chiropractic we use the gold standard techniques such as Active Release Techniques and Graston to restore tissue function and muscle balance. We may also use hot or cold laser as an adjunct to speed up healing.
Underlying almost every injury or pain syndrome there may be spinal joint dysfunction, which must be corrected. Correcting abnormal joint function is the basic principle of Chiropractic and helps restore the body to homeostasis and proper balance. Other therapists and Chiropractors who only work on muscle or only work on joints may be missing a big part of the puzzle.
By removing interference and restoring normal movement the body can heal naturally and more effectively. We change patterns and we change movement through a variety of techniques and exercises, often with significant and fast results.
Car Accidents, Whiplash, ICBC + Treatment Plans
Murray Chiropractic accepts all ICBC claims.
According to the B.C. Chiropractic Association, car accidents are one of the most common causes of spine and spine related conditions. Injuries from a collision often take longer to treat than other types of injuries. Even low speed crashes have the potential to cause significant damage to your back and neck.
These type of injuries are really no different from sports injuries. The mechanism of injury may be different, but the treatment and rehabilitation follow exactly the same principles.
Your chiropractic doctor has the skills to assess and treat these types of injuries.
In most cases, ICBC customers pay little or no money to receive care for their crash injuries. You don’t need to seek pre-approval either; no referral is needed. Simply visit our office as soon as you feel symptoms and advise us that you were involved in a car accident.
How is Whiplash Treated? Staying active!
Like sports injuries, early intervention and diagnosis is key to recovery. One of the most important aspects of whiplash management is for the patient to stay active, unless there is some serious injury that requires immobilization. Patients should not be afraid to move and be active, within reason. In addition, we will often prescribe an exercise or stretching program through our on-site rehab facility, OmniRehab.
Our rehab and excercise programs are also fully covered by ICBC in most cases. It is particularly important to follow this program as prescribed, so that you can achieve the best long-term benefits.
Chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy and therapeutic gels are often used to help control pain and reduce the muscle spasm that results from whiplash injuries. Other physical therapy modalities, such as electrical stimulation or laser therapy may provide some short-term relief and accelerate healing. They should not, however, replace an active-care program of exercise and stretching.
Spinal manipulation and/or mobilization provided by our chiropractic clinicians can also give relief in many cases of neck pain.
Receiving this type of care is paramount to ensure a speedy and complete recovery from injuries.
"I made a full recovery within weeks. I am so thankful to have had such a knowledgeable team behind my recovery." - Ken Thompson
Workplace Accidents: Recover Faster with a Chiropractor
Murray Chiropractic accepts all WBC claims.
According to the B.C. Chiropractic Association, musculoskeletal conditions account for the highest number of worker’s compensation claims. Research shows that chiropractors get people back to work sooner than traditional treatment methods and with less chance of relapse. That’s why it’s no surprise that many British Columbians include a chiropractic doctor as part of their health care team.
If you are an injured worker and require chiropractic care, your treatment costs are covered. By law, all health professionals are required to report an injury that occurs on the job to WorkSafeBC so be sure to let your chiropractic doctor know ahead of time if this is the case. Conditions that involve any joint, nerves or muscles are eligible for coverage through WorkSafeBC. Our clinic doctors and helpful staff can help you to answer any questions you may have about treatment and coverage.
Post Surgery Recovery: Soft Tissue Techniques + Exercise
Any surgeon will tell you that surgery itself can cause scar tissue formation due to the nature of the procedure. Ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissue are cut with the scalpel and left to heal after the sutures close the wound.
Scar tissue tends to draw in on itself, which in turn pulls on the entire soft tissue matrix of the body. This in turn can cause negative compensation as the body adapts. Our soft tissue techniques will help minimize this scar tissue formation.
Also, after surgery the body tends to weaken and muscle start to atrophy within 24 hours of disuse. Therefore it is prudent to start exercises as soon as you are ready.
Our exercise specialist will assess and prescribe a proper program to get you on the road back to health!