Hello! Welcome to Chiropractor Victoria BC.
I know Chiropractor Victoria BC may seem like an odd name for a website, but I chose it very intentionally.
You see, when a fellow member of the Victoria community needs professional chiropractic attention for treatment of whiplash, a desiccated disc, a bulging disc, sciatica, scoliosis, sinusitis, or a sports injury, there is a pretty good chance that they would type in “Chiropractor Victoria BC” … or maybe “Victoria BC Chiropractor” to help them find a reliable chiropractic practitioner. LOL, and yes those three middle disorders were like ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs to me the first time I read them as well!
I wanted you to find my website, because unlike other sites that will pop up, when you type in “chiropractor victoria bc”, I do NOT own (or run) a chiropractic care clinic.
I’m just a regular guy who knows what it is like to get a bad deal, has had loved ones adversely affected by poor chiropractic (especially in their pocket books), and who has heard about some bad experiences with chiropractors and some funky stuff concerning the chiropractic vertebral subluxation complex (and aspects of it like vitalism and innate intelligence) in general. Plus, I have some unfortunate residual effects from neck injuries, from my sports days as a teenager, and I want to get the good health care while helping you get it as well. I don’t want anyone unqualified messing around with my back and my old neck injuries, and you probably don’t either. Chiropractic can be well … a bit intimidating.
This motivated me to create Chiropractor Victoria BC so I can help you figure this stuff out and find a reputable chiropractor who will help you (and my family and friends) with spinal health problems. You don’t want just anyone performing high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation (HVLA-SM) thrusts on your spine now do you? OF COURSE NOT! Chiropractic can be dangerous in the wrong hands and any manual therapy can have adverse effects in those same hands.
This site is a way of looking out for each other. I’m sure you would do the same thing if our places were reversed, and you figured you could get my attention.
To be clear, the point of this blog is not to go out and bash anyone’s chiropractic programs. At Chiropractor Victoria BC I am not going to tell you who not to go and see because they are so terrible, but I will recommend one or two high quality and respectable chiropractors who run accredited chiropractic programs. That is to say that they should have approval from the chiropractic licensing boards like: the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia (CCBC), who have favourable standing with the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA), The BC Chiropractic Association (BCCA). Ultimately I want to give you the heads up on a chiropractor that you can trust to take care of you and your muscle and back problems. Also, it is important if they treat whiplash and work injuries (ICBC and Worksafe BC related injuries). Afterall we all work so much that most of our back or neck injuries occur at work in the first place.
I also want to try to provide some information (from other sources) on back problems on how to take care of things like posture, back care, nutrition, exercise, stretching, basic massage and any of the simple spine care steps that you can do for yourself, for free. I know that makes me sound like your mother … or grandmother even, but I am hoping it may help you out. These tips will certainly not serve as an alternative to professional chiropractic care, like a spinal adjustment or other forms of manual manipulative therapy. I wouldn’t want to take care of my own spinal manipulation, neck manipulation, or any type of manual therapy to be honest. LOL, I would probably just end up hurting myself or breaking my own back. You get the picture!
So, whether or not you have chronic lower back pain, a herniated disc, a disc tear, a prolapsed disc, shoulder pain, arthritis, a sore neck or anything in between then Chiropractor Victoria BC should help point you in the right direction. That is what it is for!
Before I started looking for a qualified and science based chiropractor I could not have told you the difference between straight chiropractors and mixer chiropractors, between chiro and osteo (or osteopathy). I didn’t even know about the existence of journals like Pubmed (short formed Pmid) or Manipulative Physiol Ther; and I certainly could not have told you the difference between a vertebrobasilar artery stroke and osteoporosis sciatica spinal or a tension type headache. I had heard about carpal tunnel syndrome and knew that chiropractic could help my spine health … but that was about it! And, no I am still not an expert, but I am learning about what chiropractic is good for and what separates the accredited chiropractic programs (the big kids) from the ones who espouse a pseudoscientific chiropractic philosophy.
If you don’t know about any of this stuff right now, have no fear. I still don’t how much I do (lol). Nonetheless, I will be diving into this stuff head first at Chiropractor Victoria BC, with the help of a quality chiropractor or two. We will be looking at common causes to back problems like: strain on back muscles, continuous pressure or tension of a disc, lower back muscle tightness, or pinching of nerves. Then we will consider ways that you can prevent back problems, neck problems, and anything else spine related from developing.
We will take a look at how some aspects of daily life that allow you to look after your nervous system (and hopefully the whole neuromusculoskeletal system) ultimately maintaining your spinal health. If your problem is serious then these exercises will never stand in for the services of a quality and professional chiropractor; however, we will cover exercises and stretching that allow you to take better care of your back and spine. One word of caution, I will simply be sharing quality information that I have found all over the Internet. I am not a chiropractor or an expert. That is why we are looking for one after all, lol!
Next, have you ever wondered about how reliable and honest chiropractic treatment is? Well, I have at least, and I know a lot of other people who have wondered what research supports the chiropractic profession. Afterall, do you know whether chiropractic manipulation is science based and what about the chiropractic subluxation complex? At Chiropractor Victoria BC we will consider what is often thought to be the dubious history of Chiropractic, including D.D. Palmer and some unsubstantial claims, and explore how it has developed into a systematic evidence based medicine, including aspects of applied kinesiology rather than a form of fringe alternative medicine. It is carving out its place in mainstream medicine. You can take a deep breath now
That will be exciting for those of you out there who love learning like I do; however, at the end of the day, the most important, and this is easily the most important, purpose of Chiropractor Victoria BC, is to help you find a professional chiropractor in Victoria who is honest and knows what he or she IS DOING! This is your back after all! And, it is important to find the right chiro for the job. Let’s not put your back in the hands of just anybody! And, let’s no go getting ripped off now shall we. My mother in law, for example, went to a chiropractor for years, who told her that chiropractic care could treat her fibromyalgia. But does this have a clinical precident? It certainly didn’t work for her!
The last thing you need is to have some wannabe medical practitioner who appears to be a decent Canadian chiropractor, but in reality is not fully invested in the work and more importantly your health, who ends up messing up your back or neck OR telling you that you need constant spinal adjustments and other manual treatments when you actually do NOT. I am sure you are getting the picture for why I made Chiropractor Victoria BC.
Also, I have seen prices all over the board from different chiropractors. You are not a gadrillionaire! Do you know how much a good chiropractor should cost? Are you willing to pay for a bad one? Hey, don’t worry if you don’t. I didn’t when I first started looking either. And, when was the last time you had to pay someone for chiropractic manipulation? Also, are they treating you for something that physical therapists could take care of? Let’s just make 100% sure that no one gets to rip you off. You want access to affordable, cost effective, and accredited chiropractic, and so you should have it. In the end I want to help you (and myself) to avoid chiropractors who have not gone through the proper licensing boards, who practice wonky medicine, or who will tell you that chiropractic is the cure for everything from an ear infection to pregnancy to radiation poisoning. Let’s just do it right the first time.
Again, welcome to Chiropractor Victoria BC! Take a look around, and learn about your spine, and hopefully how to take care of it.