Activator Methods is a specific chiropractic adjusting technique involving a low-force adjusting instrument. It works on the principle of balancing leg-lengths. By restoring motion to the key subluxated (restricted) joints in the body, Activator adjustment decrease neurological stress, increase joint range-of-motion and decrease pain. Drs. Chan & Lyons are one of eight Activator practitioners in Toronto with the Advanced Proficiency designation.
Chiropractic care focuses on restoring and maintaining the health of your joints, muscles and nerves through the use of an adjustment. A spinal adjustment can restore normal movement, relieve pain and stimulate higher function of your brain and nervous system resulting in a renewed sense of vitality.
Yes and no. There may be some discomfort because of an injury to the muscle, Inflamed and strained muscles may feel sore after or during a treatment. The overall effect though, is to help you feel more relaxed and pain free!
The first visit lasts approximately 45 minutes. This allows time for the history taking and chiropractic examination. Each subsequent visit lasts approximately 10 – 15 minutes.
After filling in your initial forms, you will receive an initial chiropractic examination which includes a thorough history and a physical examination (range of motion, posture, neurological, orthopaedic and muscle testing). After the examination, one of our chiropractors will relay the findings to you and it will be determined if chiropractic care is an appropriate treatment.
Most chiropractors do require X-rays to be taken so that the actual bones can be visualized. X-rays can help confirm a chiropractor’s diagnosis and can also rule out possible fractures.
The length of time you are under chiropractic care varies among individuals. After the chiropractor completes your physical assessment and reads your X-rays, your diagnosis and Treatment Plan will be recommended to you in your Report of Findings.
Along with your Treatment Plan, your chiropractor will recommend alternatives to care, exercises and changes to your present lifestyle during your Report of Findings.
Return to Normal Health.
When undergoing chiropractic adjustments to re-align the spine, by getting the joints that are stuck in position, moving again, it is not unusual to experience varying degrees of discomfort and symptomatic disturbances. These discomforts are part of what we term REACTION.
Reaction is the body’s response to an adjustment. An adjustment enables the spinal column to normalize itself. Following an adjustment, irritation of the nerves is reduces, muscle spasm begins to normalize, forces through the discs are changed allowing the discs to be reshaped to provide the normal cushioning between vertebrae, and tension on cartilage caused by stress is lessened. Reaction occurs most commonly between the third and tenth adjustment, but may vary with the individual and the severity of the condition such that it is felt between the first and fourth adjustment.
When and if reaction occurs it may last from one to several days, but in the vast majority of cases it diminishes in two to three days. Approximately 50% of the chiropractic patients do experience reaction, so if you are among this group there is no cause for alarm.
Actually, reaction is a healthy change occurring within the body. The mechanics of the change can best be understood by explaining that the spine is being adjusted to a normal position. Therefore, there is an element of physical change which involves bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue and cartilage. All this adaptation process, which is part of the change to a healthier condition in the body is, often accompanied by reaction.
Keep in mind that any reaction following a chiropractic adjustment is due to the removing of the obstructions caused by pressure up in the spinal nerves, and is, in fact, a sure sign that the normal flow of nerve energy is being restored to the affected areas. In that sense, we can say that reaction is simply another way of saying REACTIVATION, which is Nature’s way of telling you that you are getting well.
Some patients mistake temporary relief for permanent correction, and discontinue chiropractic care when they begin to feel better. Keep in mind that in order to get the maximum benefit from chiropractic care, you must allow enough time for complete correction of the causes of your condition, and permit the weakened muscles and ligaments to strengthen and adjust to their new position. Unless you do, the original condition may return or a more serious one may replace it.
Your health depends on your cooperation. Please follow recommendations.
AFTER YOUR SPINAL ADJUSTMENT
1. The adjusted areas may feel sore after the first few corrections as your body adapts to the changes. If this happens, apply ice to the area rather than heat.
2. Avoid rubbing or poking the area which has been adjusted.
3. Avoid sudden twisting movements of the spine.
4. Do not stretch or bend beyond your normal limits. Pay special attention when performing overhead work, drying/shampooing your hair or any activity which requires holding an awkward posture for an extended period of time.
5. When you go to sleep do not sleep in a chair, on the couch or at your desk! Sleep on a firm mattress with one pillow and avoid lying on your stomach.
6. Avoid watching TV in bed with your neck propped up on pillows at a sharp angle.
7. At work, be sure that your chair and work station allow you to maintain good posture. Sit tall and straight with eyes straight ahead and shoulders relaxed. Get up and move around as much as possible to stretch out your legs, back and shoulders.
8. If you are lifting, bend at the knees, keep your back straight, hold the object close to your body, let your legs do the work.
9. Maintain good posture at all times. Think TALL!
If you have any questions, be sure to ask. We are here to help you feel better!