What Is Chiropractic?
Provided by clinic owner and operator, Dr. Claudia Sacco, B.Sc. D.C., and Dr. Kelly Mortimer D.C., Chiropractic treatment for the whole body is the core of our wellness model and the achievement of optimal health and quality of life for our patients. Our goal is not only recovery, but prevention.
Chiropractic is the art and science of healing. The word “Chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means "done by hand.” Doctors of Chiropractic are primary healthcare providers that are extensively trained to diagnose, treat and help prevent conditions and disorders related to the back, neck, pelvis, extremity joints and the effect they have on the nervous system and all related tissues of the body. The main form of treatment Chiropractors deliver is called an adjustment – a non-invasive procedure consisting of a precise directed movement to help relieve pain and discomfort, and restore proper joint range of motion and function.
Dr. Claudia Sacco uses a variety of gentle and effective non-invasive manual and/or Activator adjustment and drop-table and Flexion-Distraction techniques. Other certifications and therapies provided include Active Release Therapy (ART) and rehabilitation, Graston, Kinesiology taping, pediatric care (ICPA), Webster pregnancy care, custom Orthotics, Class IV K-Laser Therapy and Logan Basic Chiropractic care and more.
Dr. Kelly Mortimer is also adept at manual manipulation, Activator technique, drop table and Flexion-Distraction technique, MRT (muscle release technique), IASTT (instrument assisted soft tissue technique), Kinesiology taping, and is ICPA and Webster certified focussing in prenatal, postnatal, and pediatrics care with attention to functional assessment and rehabilitation.
Your First Visit
Prior to your first visit, please take a few moments to complete your New Patient Intake paperwork online HERE or arrive 10-minutes early to complete a paper version, as this will provide our Doctors with the required information to evaluate your health needs to ensure the utmost care.
During your first visit, you will share information about your health, such as any injury or surgery, medications, family health history and your reasons for seeking Chiropractic care at this time. A physical assessment may include: posture, range of motion, reflexes, vitals, and other orthopaedic and neurologic tests. Gentle manual, Activator, Flexion-Distraction or drop-table adjustments may take place as well as some soft tissue techniques for enhanced range of motion. Gown or shorts are provided if needed. Some patients may require x-rays in order to provide greater insight into their condition, at that point in time we will provide you with the required referral information.
After your treatment, some homecare recommendations may have been suggested to you including gentle stretches or exercises, water/diet/lifestyle modifications, ice/heat application and various follow-up treatment. Expect to see our Doctors a few times consecutively at first while things stabilize and then occasionally or seasonally after that, depending on your work, sleep or driving posture, diet and activities for best function. Your compliance with our team's recommendations will ensure optimal results!
What Are The Benefits of Chiropractic Care?
Some of the numerous benefits of Chiropractic treatment in our clinic include:
Safe, effective, non-invasive care for all ages and ranges of function
Improved movement in your neck, shoulders, back, torso
Relief from headaches, neck, back, hip, knee and joint pain
Improved movement in extremities such as ankles and wrists
Prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries, like Carpal Tunnel, Rotator Cuff
Address repetitive strain injuries and challenging acute or chronic conditions
Enhanced athletic performance, prevent Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow, Runner's Knee
Relief of pregnancy-related backache or sciatica
Correction of gait and foot problems like Plantar Fasciitis
Advanced expertise in neuromusculoskeletal function and the utilization of soft tissue techniques and hi-tech modalities for accelerated healing
MVA/Car Accident care under Alberta Accident Benefits and healing of Whiplash Associated Disorders
Referral to other specialists if needed
Often fully or partially covered by health insurance plans
A variety of holistic healthcare services and support products complement our Chiropractic care to help ensure optimal function and prevention of future ailments. Our additional health services and hi-tech modalities include:
Enjoy in a Combined Chiropractic & Modality visit or just a Modality-Only follow-up. Learn more about our wellness services
Direct insurance billing available for all services.
Individual plan restrictions apply. Learn more
"Subluxation" & The Chiropractic Adjustment
Subluxation is a term used to describe a misalignment or problem with a spinal joint. The World Health Organization defines a vertebral subluxation as a functional problem related to a joint and the structures associated with the joint such as the muscles, tendons and nerves.
The three main stressors that result in a subluxation are physical, chemical and emotional and can be caused by:
poor work, driving, or sleep posture
genetics or degenerative conditions
repetitive strain and physical activities
lack of muscle tone, excess weight and other lifestyle factors such as stress and diet
We need to address all of these components in order to get optimal results.
Dysfunction can present itself in various ways such as pain, inflammation and restricted movement of the joint. Some types of dysfunction, such as a sprain, strain or muscle injury, will not appear on
an x-ray. Chiropractors are trained to identify dysfunction that does not appear on imaging through the use of manual examination and non-imaging diagnostic tests. Regardless of diagnostics, there are many safe techniques and alternatives available for treating various conditions.
A Chiropractic adjustment is a highly-skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to the vertebrae of the spine or other joints of the body. An adjustment corrects the subluxated or rotated joint (misalignment) to restore proper movement to improve its function. When a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape which may cause a popping noise ("cavitation"), similar to when you crack your knuckles. Depending on the nature of the problem, you may also require, soft tissue or muscle release techniques such as Active Release Therapy (ART) or Graston (see here or below), muscle stimulation like post-isometric relaxation and therapeutic exercises or stretches to relieve your pain and improve overall function and mobility.
Soft Tissue Techniques
Chiropractors are nervous system and musculoskeletal experts, meaning they have advanced understanding of the complexities of the components of the spine and skeleton, the nerve tissues that controls the activities of the body and all of the muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments connected. In our clinic, both of our Chiropractors utilize soft tissue techniques alongside various Chiropractic adjustments, offering a more thorough approach to maintaining proper function.
Active Release Therapy (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Fascia is densely woven, connective tissue covering every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs. Similar techniques such as, Myofascial or Muscle Release Technique (MRT) or tools such as Graston, may also be utilized to release fascia/connective tissues to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with a blend of soft tissue techniques. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
Hypoxia (not getting enough oxygen)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART or MRT treatment like?
Every ART or MRT session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Hi-Tech Modalities In our clinic, patients may access top-of-the-line technologies to accelerate healing. Learn how Shockwave Therapy and Class IV Laser can benefit overuse conditions, injuries, scar tissue, disc issues, fractures, inflammation and more!
"Webster" Pregnancy Technique
Webster Technique is a certified, safe and gentle technique utilized by Chiropractors to treat torsion in the pelvis and hyper tonicity in the round ligaments which often accompanies and potentially causes breech presentation during pregnancy. As research has shown that breech presentations dramatically increase the likelihood of Caesarian "C-Sections", it is our goal to encourage baby to move into an optimal birthing position and increase the likelihood of a vaginal birth with limited or no intervention.
Chiropractic treatment not only helps keep Mum comfortable and relieves discomfort as the body rapidly changes during pregnancy, the Webster Technique helps reduce the effects of sacral subluxation, SI joint dysfunction (Sciatica pain), and abdominal torsion which allows for neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis to become improved and support the correction of breech or transverse babies.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy has also been shown to reduce active labour duration and incidences of tearing.
Chiropractic care will help Mum and baby with:
Increased and continuously changing mechanical stressors placed on her frame
Provide pain relief during a time when she can’t rely on pharmaceuticals
Help with nutritional, physical activity and wellness guidance to help ensure optimal health and sleep
Address pelvic biomechanics to help increase the probability of a naturally progressing labour
Support the correction of breech presentation (learn more)
Help her transition through the different phases of pregnancy
Help her regain her stability and pelvic floor recovery postpartum, as her body returns to her previous function
Address postural changes while breastfeeding and relieve back aches
Support infant development with very gentle adjustments (with fingertip pressure) to address flat spot on head, favouring, colic, constipation and more (learn more)
Infant & Pediatric Care
Gentle Chiropractic care has been provided to children for over a century. Our Chiropractors are members of the The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), founded in 1975 by Dr. Larry Webster, celebrated Logan College of Chiropractic alum (where our owner, Dr. Claudia Sacco, completed her Doctorate), is considered the ‘Grandfather of Pediatric Chiropractic’. The ICPA provides specific pediatric training and offers a wealth of information for the public and practitioners.
From the birth process and continuing through childhood development, the stressors causing vertebral subluxation in adults, have the same impact on a child. Today’s kids are strictly scheduled and busier than ever, participating in elite level activities, experience greater amounts of school related emotional stress or competition and are often not getting enough sleep, unregulated physical activity (play), water and a well-balanced nutritional diet.
Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the Chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being. As is often the case in pediatric care the absence of symptoms doesn’t equate to absence of dysfunction or stress.
There are many benefits to holistic health care for kids, including improved function and development of healthy habits. In our clinic, it is important that our team builds trust and good rapport with your kiddos to avoid anxiety related to treatment - we like for your children to think of our clinic as an enjoyable Doctor's office experience - no painful booster shots here! A series of occasional Chiropractic and acupuncture visits help your children better understand their body, feel their best and guide them on a path of preventative health and wellness into adulthood.
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” – ICPA
Custom Foot Orthotics
There are many health benefits to orthotic insoles that have been custom-made to your needs including improved gait and reduced pain or preventing degeneration from toe-to-head!
If your feet are functioning abnormally, you may experience pain or degenerative problems in other areas of your body over time. Orthotics allow for an improved gait (the way you walk) and better weight distribution, joint and spinal alignment and better overall biomechanics in every step. Our custom foot orthotic insoles are designed to provide maximum foot control by combining 4 layers (top cover, cushioning, module and bottom reinforcement) with accommodations to create the best support. They offer excellent motion control for those who require better foot function in everyday activities from work to play.
During your gait assessment visit, you will complete a dynamic scan as part of your biomechanical evaluation with Dr. Claudia Sacco. A foam impression cast may also be taken if required by the plan. Our FootMaxx Motion Metascan™ analysis offers a complete diagnostic system that determines abnormal foot function, balance and sway, respectively, 150 frames/second resulting in extremely accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Although custom orthotic insoles are commonly covered in extended health benefits (insurance) plans, every plan is different and may require specific information regarding each patient's condition and orthotics manufacturing. For speedy reimbursement from your plan, please check your coverage prior to your appointment in order to ensure that your requirements are met as your claim must be manufactured to the exact specifications of your plan.
To book your gait assessment, see Chiropractic booking, option #6
Car Accident "MVA" Protocol
If you have been in a car accident recently, it is important that you are assessed by a Chiropractor as soon as possible. Not only will they address any Whiplash Associated Disorders and start you on your path to healing, they can also provide you access to special coverage for treatment with limited or no out-of-pocket expenses for the patient.
Under the mandate of the Alberta Diagnostic Treatment Protocols, your auto insurance will cover a minimum of 10 Chiropractic treatments for minor injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) regardless of who is at fault. Depending on the severity of the injuries you may qualify for more treatments. Accident treatment is billed directly to your insurance company as part of a "bodily injury claim" (distinct from an "auto damage claim").
MVA treatment claims are time sensitive and must be processed within 10 days of the accident; therefore you must tell the Doctor (your General Physician/M.D. or our Chiropractors/D.C.'s) that you are seeking treatment for bodily injuries sustained in a MVA so the proper paperwork can be submitted. You will be assessed and then a treatment plan will be developed for your healing. Every Albertan is entitled to $750 of Chiropractic care coverage for more serious injuries (under 'Section B'), but access to these benefits varies based on your auto policy.
Please contact us for further information.
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