At Valeo, chiropractic entails using our heads, our hands, and our hearts to help people reach their goals. Plain and simple.
Most often, the word "chiropractic" is associated with the spinal adjustment. In many cases, that is exactly right. However, the root of the word chiropractic, means "by hand", which is a great description of what you will find at the Valeo Health Clinic, since it means so much more than just an adjustment!
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Spinal adjustments delivered by a chiropractor can change lives and have profound effects on health. Because of this, the doctors at the Valeo Health Clinic are well versed in many different types of chiropractic adjustments. Valeo chiropractors most commonly use their hands to manually deliver the adjustments to the spine and other regions.
However, Valeo offers many other options for those conditions which respond better to different techniques. These various other forms of treatment are often used as a compliment to the adjustment. Often times, however, they can be used without the need for a spinal adjustment if your condition would not benefit from an adjustment.
If you need an adjustment of any sort, we will discuss that with you. If you require another type of treatment it will be discussed with you as well.
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Other adjustment "alternatives" include the use of the Activator, a gentle, hand-held tool which can be used for a wide array of conditions and chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors at Valeo are also well-versed in the use of drop-table adjustments, which use gravity and a mildly elevated section of a therapy table to deliver the manual chiropractic adjustment. Other options offered include gentle mobilizations, and several other manual chiropractic adjustment styles (such as Gonstead, Upper Cervical, Flexion distraction, Mckenzie etc.).
It should be noted that chiropractic is the profession; it is not the adjustment, or even the care of the spine.
This often means a chiropractic adjustment to the spine, since there are numerous benefits to being adjusted. However, chiropractic encompasses more than just the adjustment in our clinic. Chiropractic might involve any combination of the many services that we offer. The chiropractors at Valeo will specifically tailor a therapy program and package to your needs, every single time.
Some of the other therapies that will likely be included in your treatments will include some of the following.
Graston technique employs a set of stainless steel tools to help practitioners identify and treat scar tissue and abnormal soft tissue glide.Learn More
Taping can be used to help with inflammation and reduce pain, not to mention allow you to move better.Learn More
Active Release Technique
This is a soft tissue treatment system that treats problems associated with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
Moving well, feeling well is a major goal. We break down movement to its basic form to improve function and mobility.
A system designed to identify the mechanical problem and develop a plan improve the mechanics through movement-based therapy.
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What to Expect & Chiropractic Pricing
Our Initial Exam is 45 minutes long. We want to be able to spend as much time as needed in order to allow ample opportunity for lots of questions, clear goal-setting, to take a detailed history, and to do a thorough physical examination. We usually start treatment on the first visit, but will take some time to study your case if we need to look more deeply into your situation. This will be discussed with you once we have developed a better impression of how we can best work together to achieve your goals.
Follow-up visits can vary slightly, with most being scheduled for 15 minutes. This is because we want to give each person exactly what they need, but we also don’t want to be greedy with your time. We know you have a life to get back to. We will do our best to respect your time, but we will not compromise the effectiveness of any one visit.
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Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions
Many of our patients have a lot of questions and concerns about getting adjusted. People seem to have a wide array of impressions of what a chiropractic adjustments is and what it does. Here is a list of some of the common questions that people ask (or are afraid to ask).
An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustment loosens a joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.
When a joint needs to be adjusted, it usually means that the two opposing surfaces that make up the joint are stuck together. They are not stuck in a mechanical sense, but rather “suction” sense. Picture a suction cup on a mirror (the joint would be the interface between the suction cup and the mirror). When the joint suction is removed by hand, it makes a “popping” sound, just like pulling a suction cup off of a mirror!
So, when a chiropractor adjusts your spine (or any other joint in your body), the sound is not a cracking, so much as a release of pressure.
Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor is well trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.
The short answer: no. Although the most common side effect of a chiropractor adjusting your spine may be soreness, it is generally very infrequent and minimal. Everybody reacts differently to an adjustment, but very few people find adjustments painful. If they do, it is not normally repeated.
Chiropractors are trained to deliver spinal adjustments for a minimum of three years before being allowed to perform an adjustment (all of thiese years coming after an undergraduate degree). Many other professions also attempt to use adjustments (manipulations, as they are often called) as part of their treatment regimen, but generally have minimal training in doing so. Chiropractors are by far the most qualified professionals to deliver a spinal manipulation.
There are many answers to this question:
- Because the location of the pain is not normally the only site of dysfunction. The spine is the foundation of human movement. Without the ability to produce stability in certain areas of the spine and mobility in others, movement of the limbs becomes abnormal. This often leads to pain in areas with more complex function, such as the shoulder, knee, hip, or ankle. Adjusting the spine when appropriate can assure that your limbs have the right foundation off of which to operate.
- Because adjusting the spine can help prevent lots of problems. Research has shown that people who get adjusted regularly spend less time on medications, spend less time in the hospital, and experience a significant reduction in many common ailments such as headaches and knee pains
- Because adjusting the spine can improve lots of other things. Getting adjusted has been shown to improve a wide array of positive health measures such as immune system response, divergent thinking, lung capacity, and stress response.
Chiropractic adjustments are a great way to keep your body healing and operating at its optimal function. If your body’s natural healing abilities are suppressed or deteriorated in some way, a chiropractic adjustment may help you on your path to healing. If, in the process of helping your body return to its natural equilibrium, an adjustment helps your body to fight its own battle with a little more pinach, then a chiropractic adjustment can indeed help fight off certain ailments.
We should also note that, at Valeo, we offer much more than a simple adjustment. The clinicians here have a variety of backgrounds and treat all resolvable complaints with a wide array of tools, of which the adjustment is one.
*Disclaimer. If you have been told by your chiropractor that they can “cure” ailments such as asthma, epilepsy, or even cancer, we would suggest that you get a second opinion. This is especially true if they claim to be the only one in your geographical vicinity with such “abilities”.
Getting adjusted is a very healthy habit. Not only will it help you move better and feel better, the research shows that people who use chiropractors as their primary form of medical care lead much healthier lives overall.
With that being said, no chiropractor should ever adjust you without your full consent. At Valeo, your questions will be answered and your concerned will be addressed before any our our chiropractors adjusts you. If you desire to get treated without an adjustment (which many people do), there are numerous other ways which we can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.
Getting Started With Valeo
We know that you'd like to experience what chiropractic at Valeo has to offer. If you have any hesitations or specific questions that you would like to discuss prior to diving in on your new health journey, we would love to sit down and have a no-pressure conversation with you. All of our chiropractors offer FREE 15-minute chats with prospective new patients. No paperwork, no hassle, no pressure. We will be very open with whether we believe we are the right fit for you and will help direct you elsewhere if we are not. Please call to book your free 15 minute chat as our online scheduler does not accommodate for this option.Book An AppointmentGet In Touch
The Benefits of Kinesiology Taping and Rocktape
Rocktape is a revolutionary new type of therapeutic kinesiology taping product designed to aid in the treatment and healing of various sports injuries, as well as improve physical performance. Common Problems that can be addressed using Rocktape Kinesiology Taping include issues such as Ankle Sprains, Achilles Tendonitis, Golfers Elbow, Shin Splints, Low Back Disorders, Rotator Cuff Problems, Plantar Fasciitis, Swollen Ankles, Tennis Elbow, Calf Strains, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, just to name a few.
We like to call Rocktape the duct tape of the human body because it is so versatile. It can be used to compress or decompress an area, depending on it’s application. It can be used to promote blood flow, or it can be used to help drain swelling. It can be used to decrease pain, but can also be used to increase your awareness of a specific area that needs attention. Depending on its application, it can also be used to activate or deactivate a muscle group to enhance performance or decrease risk of injury.
Because of its versatility and unique design (in comparison to other kinesiology tapes), Rocktape is used for a wide variety of applications:
Rocktape was built with the athlete in mind. Rocktape not only works wonders for injuries but also assists in coordination and movement. For instance, when athletes start to fatigue, they break form. Once form is less than optimal, so is performace, because form and function are interconnected and co-dependent.
We tape athletes for their injuries based on movement standards, orthopedic testing, and physical exam findings. However, what is a unique aspect to the training behind Rocktape is the use of PowerTaping protocol, which helps athletes extract every ounce of energy from their bodies and use it as efficiently as possible. How? By taping the body as a functional unit, emphasizing an entire chain of muscles according to how they work together to achieve the win.
The 9 months of pregnancy come along with all sorts of difficult changes to the body. Not only are there many hormonal and emotional changes, but there are enormous physical changes. Pregnancy is tough. Rocktape is tougher.
Rocktape has created many different taping standards and protocols with the goal of easing the pain and stress on the pregnant body. Got foot swelling? Rocktape can help. How about a sore and fatigued back from all the extra weight? Rocktape can help. Sciatica? Plantar Fasciitis? Rib Pain? Rocktape can help.
One of the most commonly used application during pregnancy is the Baby Belt and Front Sling. Rocktape can be used to literally create a sling around your body to help evenly distribute the weight of a pregnant belly. It can immensely reduce the fatigue of carrying around the extra pounds.
Rocktape – What Does it Do?
Rocktape is a type of kinesiology tape. It’s that colourful elastic tape that we sometimes put on your skin. Wondering why we use it or how it works? Here’s how:
It turns down the volume on pain.
More specifically, it runs interference on pain. Similarly to how two equal and opposite radio frequencies cancel each other out to make no sound, Rocktape on the skin can interfere with painful signals which are directed to the brain. When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many of our customers call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly. In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears. Rocktape does so by affecting the nerve endings and different types of receptors in the skin of the injured area.
It decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation.
When Rocktape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows for greater blood flow to and from and area, all while allowing the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.
It does so by allowing congested or compressed blood vessels (capillaries, lymph vessels, arteries, veins) to flow more freely. It also creates more room in between layers of fascia, muscle, fat, skin, and other structures.
It delays fatigue.
Research has shown that kinesiology tape (Rocktape) on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for areas that are currently not working very well.
It normalizes muscle tone.
When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result. What Rocktape can do is help to bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.
It spreads the physical stress.
Unlike conventional taping which is meant to prevent any movement at all, Rocktape is meant to allow full movement of the taped area. However, through the elastic properties and quick recoil, it can help to distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.
Graston Technique is a soft tissue mobilization technique used by various forms of healthcare practitioners, such as chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and some MDs. Graston technique employs a set of stainless steel tools to help the practitioner identify and treat scar tissue and abnormal soft tissue glide.
Injuries Addressed by Graston Technique
Graston is commonly used in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, such as ligament sprains and muscle strains. Here area select few:
- Ankle Sprains
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Plantar Fascitis
- MCL or LCL Sprain
- Shoulder Injuries
- Calve Muscle Strains
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Graston Technique Treatment Sessions
A soft tissue Graston Technique treament usually involves a “scraping” of the skin with one of six stainless steel tools with a dull beveled edge. Graston tool as specifically designed to treat the underlying soft tissue structures with minimal irritation to the skin and
blood vessels in the area. They are used to break adhesions within the problem tissue and reset the way that your brain talks to the injured or dysfunctional area. The treatment is very quick and risk-free for most people. An emollient is usually applied to the skin to allow the Graston tools to glide properly and reduce irritation.
These treaments are not usually painful but can be uncomfortable if applied aggressively. You may experience reddening of the skin and mild bruising in the following days after a treatment.
Where Graston really shines is in treatment of chronic injury. It has been shown in research to help induce healing and re-alignment of muscle and ligament fibers that have healed incorrectly or function improperly.
How Graston Technique Works
The application of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (as in Graston Technique) has been around for ages. However, in recent years some research and new thought processes are emerging, indicating some very specific methods by which it might work. Here are some of the most common ways by which Graston could improve soft tissue injuries:
- Breaking down of scar tissue formed after injury or due to excessive inflammation
- Increasing the pliability of tissues to allow better stretch and less injury
- Changing the input from painful areas into the brain, hence changing pain sensation
- Increasing activity of the specific cells (fibroblasts) responsible for building new, strong soft tissue
- Increasing activity of the “garbage man” cells in tissues to help clean up excess
- Increasing blood flow to the painful area, allowing for removal of hazardous inflammatory by-products
- Remodeling of permanently misaligned fibres in tendons and ligaments
Some other things to know about Graston Technique
It can be used alone, but seldom is.
At the Valeo Health Clinic, we use an integrated approach to manual therapy and patient care. Although Graston alone can make a large difference in many peoples’ pain, we often use it as part of a diversified regimen.
While being treated with Graston Technique, you should maintain activity.
None of the effects of Graston treatment will preclude you from maintaining your typical daily activities. Your doctor will help you decide if you should refrain from activity due to your injury, but the treatment itself will not change your activity levels.
Graston Technique is often used for post-surgical improvement.
Practitioners have successfully implemented Graston Technique for many post-surgical complications. All surgeries create scarring and tissue dysfunction. Using Graston Technique to treat these dysfunctional soft tissues can help return them closer to a pre-surgical state. Some of such surgeries which leave a considerable amount of scar tissues include:
- Mastectomy (Single or Double)
- Cesarian Section
- Carpal Tunnel Surgery
- Lumbar Discectomy
- MCL/Meniscus Surgery
- ACL Reconstruction (especially via Autograph)
Graston Technique is only offered at a select few clinics in the Okanagan.
Currently, the Valeo Health Clinic is one of only three clinics which offer the Graston Technique in Kelowna.