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Chiropractic FAQ

When your back, neck, or shoulders hurt, you want relief from the pain. It can be scary visiting a chiropractor when you have never been before and there are a lot of common misunderstandings or misconceptions about the world of chiropractic. You would visit a dentist if you had a toothache, right? So why not visit a chiropractor where you can receive treatment from a specialist who knows best how to provide relief from your pain. For those who have not visited a chiropractor, we want to provide you with common frequently asked questions to give you more information on our practice.

Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?

Chiropractic is known as being a drug-free and non-invasive treatment for skeletal pains. Some patients will need multiple treatments in order to feel the benefit of chiropractic therapy; others may feel soreness, stiffness, or aching after treatment. Whether you are experiencing lower back pain, neck pain, or issues with your sciatica, a visit to the chiropractor can safely provide relief.

If you struggle with frequent headaches, a neck adjustment may be the answer because it improves the mobility and range of motion in the neck. When consulting with a chiropractor, be as specific as possible about what symptoms you are feeling in order for the doctor to provide you with the best treatment options. When working with an experienced and well-trained chiropractor from Divine Spine, chiropractic treatment is safe.

Does Chiropractic Treatment Need a Referral?

Most practices do not require a referral from an MD. However, it does depend on your specific health plan and its requirements. Contact your insurance plan directly to determine what is needed. Generally, patients are able to call a doctor of chiropractic and schedule an appointment.

Is Chiropractic Treatments Safe for Children?

Yes it is! Each treatment is tailored for every patient. When children visit a chiropractor, the treatments are gentle and safe. For children who are especially active in sports or hobbies, injuries from falls or daily activities can benefit from chiropractic treatment.

Do Chiropractors Work in Hospitals?

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Yes, they do. Chiropractors are able to see and treat patients in hospitals as well as have access to their labs and x-ray machines.

How are Chiropractic Adjustments Done?

A doctor of chiropractic will use his or her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, especially the spine. Sometimes special instruments are used to assist the chiropractor in enhancing joint function. A chiropractic adjustment is a controlled procedure and most patients do not feel pain or discomfort. There is often a popping sound during the procedure; this is a gas bubble being released between the joints.

Back pain, neck pain, frequent headaches, sciatica problems can all be resolved through non-invasive chiropractic treatments. Often, medication is that prescribed for these conditions have negative side effects. Improve your health and wellness by giving a chiropractic treatment a try. New doctors can be intimidating, but at Divine Spine, we are here to provide you relief from your pain. You can be confident in our chiropractic care.

Prevent Back Pain

Prevent Back Pain

Core Exercises for Runners That Prevent Back Pain

In a previous blog, we discussed how to prevent back pain for runners. From a good warm up before the run and stretching after the run, to keeping an eye on hip mobility and core strength, preventing back pain will allow you to continue your passion for running. In this blog, we will focus on exercises that can be done to improve core strength. Having a strong core is possibly the best way to prevent back pain. If you have experienced lower back pain or general back pain for a few weeks, it may be time to contact a chiropractor for some chiropractic treatment.

Exercise #1

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Using a foam roller perpendicular to your body, lie on the roller and engage your abs so your back doesn’t arch. Place your hands behind your head for support. Gently move up and down on the roller being sure not to go beyond the base of your neck or the bottom of your rib cage. This will help with the spine’s ability to rotate as well as loosen tight muscles.

Exercise #2

Standing against a wall, position your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your legs straight. Put your arms flat against the wall, your hands the same height as your head. Allow your neck muscles to relax so that your shoulder and upper back muscles can do the work. Move your arms overhead as high as you can without putting strain on your neck muscles and slide your arms back down to the starting position. This exercise will strengthen your upper back and shoulder muscles and prevent your shoulders from hunching up around your ears. This will also give you a better respiratory flow and will give you a more powerful arm swing.

Exercise #3

Lay on the floor with a foam roller underneath parallel to your body, or one end at your head and the other at your waist. Bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the ground. Engage your ab muscles to prevent your lower back from arching. Rest your arms at your side and keep them relaxed and your elbows bent and let your arms lay on the floor. Swing your arms out to your side and then above your head, trying to keep your arms as close to the floor as possible. This exercise will help the rounding of your shoulders and improve blood flow to your arms. Runners can often tense up their shoulders and upper back while running, and this exercise will provide relief.

Runners who often experience back pain will benefit from these simple exercises. If you are experiencing consistent back pain, it may be time to contact a chiropractor at Divine Spine. Getting the chiropractic care that you need will allow you to continue running without pain and will also prevent further injuries from occurring. Contact Divine Spine today for the back pain treatment you deserve.

Pain for Runners

Pain for Runners

Preventing Back Pain for Runners

Those who run, tend to run often and are passionate about running. Mile after mile, week after week, this repetitive stress and impact on the body can cause many pains and injuries throughout the body. While running has immense benefits for the heart and the soul, running can also cause lower back pain. For runners who already have back pain, running could make the pain worse or could lead to sciatica, leg pain or weakness. For back and lower back pain treatment, contact Divine Spine for chiropractic treatment. Back pain can be severe and waiting for treatment could make it worse and lead to other body injuries. If you are a runner, learn more about how to prevent back pain and contact Divine Spine if you need a chiropractor.

Watch Your Hips

Back pain from running can be caused by poor running form. A lack of hip mobility can be the culprit of lower back pain. When a runner is not as flexible in this area, it limits mobility while running. When there is limited mobility in the hip, the pelvis can often end up rotating too far forward or too far backward, which causes additional stress on the spine.

Exercise Your Core

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Back pain problems for runners can also be caused by weaker core muscles. When you’re running, you may not notice that your core muscles are engaged because the strain is felt in the legs. However, a strong core will aid in a better running form which can help prevent lower back pain. See our blog on Yoga Poses for Stronger Abs, Yoga Poses for Back Strengthening and check back later for exercises that will help improve your core strength.

Preventing Back Pain

If you love running and are passionate about running, you’ll want to follow these tips to help prevent lower back pain, especially if you have had back pain in the past.

  • Doing a thorough warm up before a run is essential in preventing back pain. This will warm up your muscles and prepare them for repetitive impact.
  • Stretch your hamstrings, or the muscles in the back of the thigh. Do this both before and after your run.
  • General muscle strengthening will also help prevent back pain. Cross training, or doing a variety of activities will ensure that all of your muscles get the exercise they need.
  • Wear shoes that are both comfortable and supportive. For advice on the best shoe for your foot, find a local running shoe store.
  • Be mindful of where and on what surface you are running. Try to run on softer surfaces, such as grass, or a rubber track. Running on a harder surface like cement will add to the impact.

If you are experiencing lower back pain or general back pain, contact a chiropractor at Divine Spine for back pain treatment. Getting the treatment you need before it causes other severe injuries is important, so contact us as soon as you begin experiencing pain. Chiropractic treatment shouldn’t be a last resort when it comes to back pain. Contact Divine Spine today and learn how we can give you proper treatment and relief for your lower back pain.

Busting 4 More Chiropractic Care Myths

If you’ve never visited a chiropractor before, all you have to do is browse the internet or have a chat with the wrong person to get your head filled with all kinds of misconceptions regarding this growing industry. We’ve already busted some common myths about chiropractic care, but we’re not finished yet! Keep reading, and ask yourself if any of these misconceptions have kept you away from your local chiropractor.

4 More Common Chiropractic Myths

Chiropractic is more expensive than medical care.

chiropractic-160830-57c6014c8e2f3Many studies have indicated that this myth is false and that traditional medicine tends to cost more than chiropractic care. Besides this fact, consider the purpose of chiropractic. The overall goal of chiropractic care is to promote optimal function in all parts of your body, so it stands to reason that long-term maintenance using chiropractic could actually save you from hefty medical costs in the long run! Some patients have even been spared the costs of surgeries that may have been needed without chiropractic.

Cracking my back at home does the same thing.

If you hear that popping sound when you crack a joint, what you’re hearing is the release of gas trapped within the joint. Cracking your back at home may give you some relief because you are releasing some of the pressure in that joint, but this is by no means the same thing as a chiropractic adjustment. When a chiropractor “cracks your back,” he or she calls upon years of study and practice to strategically and expertly realign your spine. You simply won’t experience the same level of results at home.

Chiropractors are not “real” doctors.

Within the United States (and many other countries), chiropractors are licensed as health care providers in their communities, so this misconception most likely stems from those who question the effectiveness of chiropractic care. The truth is, chiropractors must undergo just as much (if not more) schooling as medical doctors must undergo, including a clinical residency with actual patients. The only real difference between a chiropractor and a medical doctor is the method and techniques used to treat patients. Medical doctors use modern medicine while chiropractors use chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is just a health fad or trend.

Chiropractic may be new to you, but the first chiropractic adjustment wasn’t performed 10, 20, or even 30 years ago. The first adjustment in the United States was performed more than 120 years ago in September of 1895. That doesn’t sound like a trend or a fad to us. In fact, the field of chiropractic continues to grow around the world. As the single largest drug-free form of health care in the United States, Chiropractic Care probably isn’t going anywhere.

If you’re ready to give chiropractic care a try, let the health care professionals at Divine Spine take care of you. You can schedule an appointment at our clinic by calling or contacting our chiropractor online.

Explaining Chiropractic Adjustments

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Many people avoid chiropractic clinics because they simply don’t understand what a chiropractic adjustment is. They may believe the grinding bones myth, or they may just be unfamiliar with the type of treatments chiropractors provide. Whatever causes their anxiety, we hope today’s blog helps put some minds at ease and encourages those people to visit their local chiropractors.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is described as a sudden, controlled force, or thrust against a joint, typically in the spine. Chiropractic adjustments are meant to realign subluxations (misaligned, compressed, or irritated spinal joint) within the spine in order to promote optimal body function.

How do chiropractic adjustments work?

Have you ever popped your back or cracked your knuckles and heard that audible popping sound? Some believe that this sound is bones grinding together, but this is not the case. What you’re actually hearing is the release of air from within the joint, which relieves pressure on the joint, allowing it to reset back into proper position.

Are there any side effects to a chiropractic adjustment?

Patients may experience some discomfort or soreness following the adjustment; that being said, most patients enjoy relief from their pain almost immediately following an adjustment. To treat a sore area following an adjustment, a patient can apply an ice pack.

We hope this brief blog post has helped you understand chiropractic adjustment a little bit better. Here at Divine Spine, we utilize the computerized adjustments in order to provide our patients with the most precise treatments possible. Check out our testimonials page to learn how we’ve helped patients with chronic back pain, headaches, poor sleep, high stress, and more. If you’re ready to give a chiropractic adjustment a try, schedule an appointment with Divine Spine. We can be reached via phone or our online contact form.

Busting 4 Chiropractic Care Myths

chiropractic-160830-57c6014c8e2f3Chiropractic has become a popular and commonly sought after service for people in pain. As with every increasingly popular industry, there have been quite a few myths about chiropractic that many people believe as fact. Keep reading to find out if any of the following four myths about chiropractic have kept you from seeing your local chiropractor.

4 Common Chiropractic Care Myths

Once I start chiropractic, I can never stop.

As chiropractors, we understand where this myth comes from, but no one is forcing our patients at Divine Spine to keep coming back. Try looking at this myth from a different perspective. Instead of viewing chiropractic as a treatment for a condition, imagine it as a technique for health maintenance, because that’s really what chiropractic is. Sure, we help our patients conquer their pain and other complaints, but the core goal of chiropractic is to promote and maintain optimal wellness within the neuromuscular and nervous systems. You don’t only go to the dentist one time, right? Of course not! Regular dental visits are imperative to proper oral health maintenance just as regular chiropractic visits will keep your body healthy.

That being said, many people utilize chiropractic on a need by need basis, visiting the local chiropractor only when they have a specific complaint. This is fine, too! We at Divine Spine are here for you when you need us.

Chiropractic adjustments are painful.

For the vast majority of chiropractic patients, chiropractic adjustments are relieving, not painful. What the chiropractor is doing during an adjustment is resetting the joints in your body-usually your spine-into proper position in order to promote optimal functioning within your neuromuscular and nervous systems. For a very rare group, this may cause some discomfort, but the type of pain reported itself is described as relieving as well. Have you or someone else ever put pressure on one of your knotted muscles until the area began to throb in gratifying agony? This “hurts so good” type of pain is what patients may experience during an adjustment. This type of pain is usually brief and may lead to significant pain relief.

Chiropractic is just for back pain.

If you think a spinal misalignment will only affect your back, take a minute to consider what the spinal cord is. Your spine is not just a row of bones joined together. These bones have a purpose: to protect your central nervous system, which is responsible for allowing all other parts of your body to communicate with your brain. It stands to reason, then, that a spinal misalignment could cause pain or other complaints in any part of the body, not just the back. The muscles in the back can also cause pain in the arms, hips, etc. by moving your joints out of position.

Chiropractic care isn’t for me.

If you visit your local chiropractor with the expectation that it won’t make any difference, your brain may prevent your body from experiencing the full benefits of chiropractic care! Here’s our advice: come in once with an open mind. If you think chiropractic care won’t work for you because you’re too old, too young, too this, or too that, we want to encourage you to come on in anyway. Chiropractic is truly for everyone. With the many aspects of chiropractic care from adjustments to lifestyle and nutrition guidance, you’re bound to experience the benefits for yourself if only you give it a try.

Are you ready to try chiropractic care? Contact our experienced and trusted Edmonton chiropractor at Divine Spine. We can be reached via phone or our online contact form. Visit this page to learn about even more chiropractic care myths!

Sciatica help

The spine is an amazing structure but when issues like Sciatica arise, the body gets irritated and the pain is a major distraction and annoyance. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and its roots emerge from the spinal column in the lumbar region and travel all the way to the foot. This is why, managing sciatica means improving the health of your back (spine).

Here are 3 quick helpful tips to reduce Sciatica symptoms:

1. Put an icepack at the small of your back for 20 min. This will help in inflammation management and reduce pain.

2. Stretch. Hamstring runners stretch is a good start. In addition, yoga poses like the downward dog has been known to help.

3. Go for walk. Movement is great for the spine and helps reduce irritation of nerves.

4. Consult a Chiropractor that can investigate this further. Chiropractors are spine practitioners that are well educated to help with Sciatica.

Divine Spine at Northlands Expo

Edmonton had its largest flea market benefiting the Stollery this weekend at the Northlands Agricom Expo.
Divine Spine was there educating about the benefits of chiropractic and improved spinal health.
We love being a part of the Edmonton community.

Posture, Mental Health, and Feeling Good About Yourself

I’m going to talk about posture today, but not in a way you’ve probably heard before.

The reason I’m doing this today is because I want you to really understand the importance of having a good posture.

A lot of people think that good posture is something that you only have when you’re young, but they’d be totally wrong if they think like that.

Here’s where I’m going with this today. Have you ever noticed the body language of someone who is depressed or feeling blue? You know, you can just look at them and tell that something is wrong or going wrong, and their body language is a tell-tell indicator of their issues and drama.

Well, believe it or not, your posture is the first thing other people can notice about you. If you don’t believe me, just walk around with her head down, and your shoulders down and you’ll find out people will not want to be around you very long, especially if you’re depressed and complaining about everything.

Poor posture is something that is not only bad for you, it doesn’t look good. And if you do it on a regular basis, like a lot of people do, your bad posture can lead to a more depressed mental state and feelings of lethargy. That’s what I said. If you’re depressed and you have bad posture, it can lead to more and more depressed feelings, so it’s something that you want to take very seriously.

You may have grown up hearing one of your parents or teachers say at one time or another, “Stand up straight, that looks terrible.” Not only does good posture improve one’s appearance and air of confidence, but it can also boost your mood and overall well-being.

Here’s what I just learned, just this week. Erik Peper, Ph.D, a professor at San Francisco State University, conducted an experiment to determine how posture affected a person’s ability to produce both positive and negative thoughts. It sounded kind of interesting, so I wanted to find out what he found out about posture.

What were his results? He found out that the participants who sat up straight (most of the time, especially during this testing) communicated that it was easier to summon and think about positive thoughts and memories when asked to do just that. That does not surprise me, but it’s important that you know how important posture really is to you, your health, both physically and mentally.

By perfecting or at least trying to perfect your posture – you can positively impact you’re a lot of things. Things like your attitude, your mental health, which is very important in today’s society, your energy level and the way others treat you.

Here’s the important part. I want you to learn how to maintain your positive outlook with something really easy. Regular chiropractic care.

Dr. Manjit Gauba DC
Divine Spine

Heritage Days in Edmonton

Edmonton just celebrated Heritage days in Hawrelak park on the August long weekend.  It was a festive affair and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  As a Chiropractor in Edmonton, it also reminded me about the importance of understanding the Chiropractic Heritage.

Chiropractic was founded by a Canadian, DD Palmer in 1895 when he adjusted the spine of Mr. Harvey Lillard to restore his hearing.  This was a novel approach at the time.  I know that there are many Canadians that have contributed to humanity in many fields but DD Palmer’s contribution and his Canadian roots have not enjoyed the limelight just yet.

The growth of the Chiropractic profession throughout the world and its importance in overall health will eventually change that.

People seek Chiropractic for primarily spinal related disorders such as Sciatica, low back pain, neck pain and headaches but its use for other health issues is rapidly growing.

The profession is regulated in Alberta by the Alberta College of Chiropractors and the doctors at Divine Spine are mandated to be a part of the college.