Benefit Chiropractic Langley

Chiropractic Care Blog

January 31st, 2020

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If you have problems sleeping, we have some good news for you. Booking an appointment with a chiropractor can significantly improve the quality of your sleep! There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that chiropractic care can help you sleep better by reducing muscle cramps and strain, and helping you to find a more appropriate sleep position.

We all need proper sleep, and without sufficient sleep, health problems can start to make their way into our lives. According to numerous studies done over the recent years, they show that sleep problems weaken the immune system of the human being.

If it’s pain that keeps you awake--whether headaches, back pain, or neck pain, then chiropractic care may be what you need.

Chiropractic care assists to reduce discomfort, improve blood flow, and perfects muscle relaxation. If a lower backache causes you thousands of tosses and turns in your bed, then it is worth visiting a chiropractor.

A chiropractor not only diagnoses and treats spinal problems, but she or he can give you suggestions for a great sleep. A chiropractor can tell you the sleeping positions that are best for you.

Mostly chiropractors discourage snoozing on the stomach. A chiropractic pillow or a supportive mattress can end the restless nights. Chiropractic care and appropriate adjustments will assist you to get the sleep that you need.

This type of sleep treatment improves the blood flow in the nervous system. It corrects any subluxations or misalignments in the spinal cord. Subluxations compress the nerves resulting in a lack of communication between the brain and the spine. This challenge leads to a stress response, which puts the body out of balance. Chiropractic can treat this problem.

Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness offers chiropractic health care, acupuncture, and massage therapy in order to enable patients to live a healthy and happy lifestyle that is both pain and symptom free.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to make an appointment with one of the medical professionals at Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness, please call (604) 534-7451 or email info@benefitchiropractic.ca

 


January 23rd, 2020

DON'T LIKE THE SNAP, CRACK OR POP?  TRY A CLICK INSTEAD!

"Snap, crack or pop" are the typical phrases one might use when discussing getting adjusted by a Chiropractor.  Unfortunately these sounds or sensations can put-off or even set the fear of getting adjusted by a new patient.  

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But that's ok cause you're not the only one.  As manual chiropractic adjustments just might not be for you.  But have you ever concidered a....CLICK?  Better known to us Chiropractors or patients of our clinic, is the Activator Technique.  An Activator is a hand-held spring loaded device which some chiropractors use in replacement of, or in conjunction of a manual adjustment since the late 1960's.    

The Activator works on the same basic principle as a manual adjustment by restoring movement to a joint that are either mis-aligned or fixated causing poor spinal biomechanics which leads to inflammation and pain to those structures surrounding the joints.

Patients who don't like manual adjustments will often accept an activator adjustment very well with little to no discomfort on their body's putting their mind at ease and allowing the chiropractor to deliver the treatment needed to aid the patients healing. 

- Dr. Andrew Erjavec

For more information on the Activator Technique or on how chiropractic care can help you out of pain and live a fuller life please feel free to contact us at Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic in Langley at 604-534-7451.


January 23rd, 2020

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ICBC has a range of recovery programs to help people who have been in a motor vehicle accident to get better as quickly as possible, including chiropractic treatment plans. ICBC’s health care partners will customize treatment plans to help maximize recovery time.

 

In many cases, ICBC’s health care partners provide direct payment options, meaning that you do not necessarily have to pay out of pocket and be reimbursed later. All that needs to be done is provide your claim number to the chiropractor office so that they can confirm you are covered for treatment.

 

If you elect to see a chiropractor who is not a part of ICBC’s program, there may be additional costs not covered by ICBC. To find a registered practitioner, check out the BC Chiropractic Association.

 

Using a registered ICBC chiropractic provider means that for any resultant chiropractic treatment, no fees will be charged when using a valid claim number (even if you are at fault for the accident). The office of a chiropractor participating in ICBC’s program can bill ICBC directly on your behalf. No medical referral is needed for your visit.

 

Initial visits will include a detailed history of the motor vehicle accident, and a thorough physical exam. Additionally, the chiropractor will explain the condition and will do any necessary treatments for you. In some cases, a chiropractor may refer you to an alternative health care provider for additional therapies.

 

Many benefits can be seen from seeing a chiropractor after being in a motor vehicle accident. These benefits include:

 

  • Faster recovery time;
  • No medical doctor referral needed;
  • No out of pocket payments;
  • No ongoing approval processes with ICBC;
  • Minimal paperwork;
  • Immediate treatment; and
  • Proven results.

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, you may benefit from seeing an ICBC chiropractor – make sure to have your claim number handy.


November 30th, 2019

 

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Your head weighs about 10 pounds, and your neck has to hold that thing up all day, every day.

So, it’s a good idea to have a good position at night to rest your weary neck muscles—and everything else. Your neck muscles have enough work to do during the day; there’s no reason to further tire them at night.

Good head positions for sleeping

Basically, what you want to avoid is arching your back and neck by leaning the head too far back, and also bending the head too far forward, which will stretch the muscles in the back of the neck and can also make it harder to breathe.

It goes without saying that you also don’t want to have your head bent in an exaggerated way to one side or the other. You want your head and neck muscles to be in a neutral position.

The easiest way to achieve this is either sleeping on your back with a small pillow to support your neck, or to sleep on your side, with a pillow to support the neck and head.

These two positions keep the head and neck straight, and none of the neck muscles are strained.

Benefits of a good head and neck position for sleeping

If you keep your head and neck in a straight but relaxed and neutral position you’re less likely to get muscle cramps, which can affect your neck just like they can affect your back or your calves.

Muscle strain or cramps in the neck can affect your back, your hips, and suddenly everything hurts. Discomfort in your head and neck can easily lead to problems in other parts of the body. So, it’s worth it to try to sleep in a good position.

When you’re more relaxed and without any pain or strain, you will also sleep better, although the reverse also appears to be true. Getting a good night’s sleep also affects your ability to relax your muscles, so, good sleep hygiene, and getting enough sleep will also affect how your muscles react during the day (and night).

It’s worth noting that many people with back or hip problems may feel and sleep better if they have a pillow under their knees (if you’re lying on your back) or between your knees (if you’re lying on your side).

Also, all of the positions mentioned above may be affected or may need to be slightly modified depending on whether you sleep on a hard or soft surface.

We want you to get some great sleep at night. If you’re having neck pain, contact us, make an appointment, and let us help you. We also have chiropractic pillows available to help you achieve a good neck position during sleep.

Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness offers chiropractic health care, acupuncture, and massage therapy in order to enable patients to live a healthy and happy lifestyle that is both pain and symptom free.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to make an appointment with one of the medical professionals at Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness, please call (604) 534-7451 or email info@benefitchiropractic.ca


September 24th, 2019

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There is an old saying that the only things in life that are certain are aging, and paying taxes. While the latter can cause great pain, both do not have to. As we age, there are often age-related conditions that may begin to show themselves. Thankfully, chiropractic care for seniors is able to help treat some of these conditions.

Back and Neck Pain

Many people begin to experience back and/or pain as they age, with a high percentage of the population experiencing some degree of back pain. Often, back or neck pain is a symptom of a misaligned spinal cord, and adjustments can help to alleviate nerve impingements. This relief will not only result in reduced pain, but also give seniors more freedom to move and enjoy their lives.

Arthritis

Arthritis is also a common occurrence for many people as they age, and chiropractic treatment has shown to be successful in helping to treat the symptoms associated with arthritis. Chiropractors are especially able to help with hip arthritis, and with regular treatment, many patients will show increased range of motion, speed, and balance in the joint, as well as reduced inflammation and lower levels of pain.

These are the most common age-related conditions treated by chiropractors. Chiropractic treatment can also be preventative, helping to mitigate the conditions before they become more serious. If you are looking for a chiropractic office in Langley, then make sure you check out Benefit Chiro.