Chiropractic Doctor Victoria BC

Chiropractic is a safe, natural, drug-free and effective health care discipline.  It is grounded in the principle that the body is healthiest when the skeletal system is correctly aligned, the spine and joints have full natural movement, and the nervous system, which is integral to the spine, is free to function properly. At Cook Street Village Health Centre, we consider our chiropractic doctors to be essential members of our health care team.

The term chiropractic comes from the Latin roots chiro, “hand,” and praktikos, “practical;” taken together, the meaning is, “done by hand.” Chiropractors use their hands in practice to restore full natural movement of the spine and joints and improve the functional movement of the body.

Sometimes the postures we hold in daily life, while driving, working, performing, and playing sports, can impair normal movement patterns in the spine and joints and cause repetitive strain injuries. Chiropractic assessment and treatment identifies these patterns and injuries and restores pain-free functional movement. In addition, chiropractic adjustments restore a balanced relationship between the nervous system and spine.  Research has consistently shown that spinal adjustments can effectively prevent and treat low back, mid-back and neck pain, and relieve both acute and chronic suffering.

Our chiropractic doctors provide traditional manipulation techniques as well as guidance for behavioral changes, postural awareness, proper exercise, and general lifestyle counseling.


What is Active Release Technique (ART)?

ART is a unique soft tissue system that involves specific body movements combined with massage to treat muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.  Common conditions that are quickly resolved and effectively treated with ART are: headaches, neck and low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascitis, knee pain, and elbow pain.  All of these conditions have an important thing in common: a build up of scar tissue due to repeating the same motion over and over again!

How do chronic conditions develop?

Chronic conditions develop through repetitive muscle movements.  Performing the same motion patterns causes specific muscles to work beyond their capacity and over time leads to dysfunction and ongoing pain.

Muscular damage and/or dysfunction takes place through:

  • acute conditions/trauma like strains/sprains, muscle pulls, collisions, tears, accidents
  • accumulation of small tears/micro-trauma with repetitive movements like keyboarding
  • lack of oxygen/hypoxia due to increased pressure

These factors causes the body to adapt by producing a thick, tough, dense scar tissue around the area of increased work loads.  The gradual accumulation of this scar tissue causes:

  • tight and short muscles as scar tissue builds up around the muscle
  • tendonitis due to excessive pulling from the over tight muscles
  • nerves and blood vessels get trapped as scar tissue continues to accumulate

As the condition progressively gets worse symptoms include reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain increases.  Nerves and blood vessels in the area can be affected resulting in tingling, numbness, fatigue, and weakness.

What does one experience during an ART treatment?

ART treatments involves a combination of examination and treatment.  The doctor will use his hands to assess the texture, tightness, and movement of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.  Abnormal tissues are identified and treated through a combination of precise hand placements and specific patient movements.

ART has over 500 specific treatment protocols that allows providers to identify, correct, and treat a wide range of conditions specific to each individual.  Active Release Technique (ART) is a relatively new technique but one that has many people satisfied with its positive and lasting benefits to many soft tissue conditions.