The Spine

Spinal Decompression Therapy

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Spinal decompression therapy can provide relief from chronic neck or back pain

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic back or neck pain, spinal  decompression therapy may provide the long lasting relief you are looking for.

Spinal decompression treatments at Surrey Pain & Wellness chiropractic clinic are combined with a customized treatment plan to help ensure that your greatest potential for recovery is achieved.

Spinal decompression is done on a specialized table attached to a module that measures the exact parameters to adjust the spine and supports the body in a comfortable position for a prolonged period (about 15-20 minutes) to begin the necessary alignment required to reduce and eliminate painful conditions naturally without medication or surgery.

While some patients may experience immediate relief,  it is important to complete the entire treatment plan as prescribed by the chiropractor to ensure lasting re-alignment and recovery from pain.

If you suffer from chronic back or neck problems, spinal decompression therapy may be the treatment that provides lasting relief and finally  puts you on the road to recovery.    Visit our chiropractic clinic at Newton Crossing for a consult to find out more or read more about spinal decompression therapy at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Resolutions for a Healthy Spine – Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

A Healthy Spine Helps Ensure a Healthier Year Ahead

As spinal health is a key aspect of your overall health and well being, resolve to have a healthier spine in 2012!

1.  I resolve to get regular chiropractic adjustments.  Why?

Relief. Relief from back or neck pain is often the first benefit our patients notice. You may  find other areas of your body are relieved once your spinal column is aligned as the nerves that run to those areas of the body also run through the spinal column.  Muscle spasms, headaches and other symptoms may also decrease after an adjustment.

Restore function. Chiropractic adjustments are unique in their ability to reduce stress on the joints, as well as helping restore normal range of motion and function through the entire body, while supporting the nervous system’s natural ability to heal itself.

Maintain aligngment. Proper spinal alignment results in proper nervous system function and when the nervous system is communicating properly, the body simply functions better.  Patients who regularly visit the chiropractor are less likely to relapse and find that they recover more quickly if they do happen to become injured.

2.   I resolve to ensure a quality sleep.  Why? 

Sleep is another key factor of overall health; this is when your body repairs itself.  Generally it is to lay in a neutral position on your side, rather than the stomach. (Sleeping directly on the stomach puts pressure on the spine.)   A supportive pillow and mattress can also help enhance the quality of your sleep.

3.  I resolve to increase my level of physical activity.  Why? 

If you are already active, consider changing it up.  Different types of exercise protect your spine in different ways and changing it up decreases your chance of repetitive injury. Lifting weights ensures spinal support and protection. Cardio help lose those extra pounds put on over the holidays. (Excess weight drags down on the ligaments, muscles and tendons of the lower back, causing pain.) Stretching helps keep the body flexible.  Some types of yoga combine stretching, strengthening and cardio.

4.   I resolve to stretch.   Why? 

Tight muscles can result in various imbalances in the body’s structure, causing  pain and increasing the risk of injury.  For example, tight hamstrings can cause posture problems, since this can pull the pelvis out of its normal position, resulting in chronic back or sacroiliac joint pain.

5.  I resolve to create a spine-friendly work environment.  Why?

Designing the workplace to meet your individual needs impacts health, safety, productivity and efficiency.

Back pain is one of the most common work-related injuries and is often caused by ordinary work activities such as sitting in an office chair or heavy lifting.  Make sure that you have ergonomic supports if your work requires long periods of sitting or standing, and that you are able to vary your position often.

6.  I resolve to stay hydrated.  Why?

Like all body parts, the spine requires water to maintain and repair healthy tissue and keep joints lubricated.  The cushion-like  discs between the vertebrae protect your spine by absorbing the impact of daily activity.  When you are consistently dehydrated, the discs are less able to absorb shock.   So keep a bottle of water with you, and sip frequently.

Tip:  if you don’t enjoy drinking water, throw in a wedge of lemon, lime or slice up some orange or cucumber into your water bottle for some tang!  Your spine (and the rest of your body) will thank you for it!

Chiropractic Medicine – Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic

Chiropractic medicine at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic includes spinal adjustments and more…

Chiropractic treatments re-align the spine to ensure optimal function in the back, neck and the entire skeletal and musculature systems in the body.

Chiropractic manipulations are a holistic approach to overall health & well being, since all body functions stem from the spine.  Now there are a range of treatment holistic, pain-free, non invasive treatment options available at many chiropractic clinics.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic provides a full range of treatment options to best support recovery, rehabilitation and overall wellness:

Chiropractic Services – ensuring alignment so that structure supports function/lifestyle

Spinal Decompression Therapy – a course of treatments for severe lower back & neck pain

Laser Pain Therapy –  a course of treatments to reduce inflammation and accelerate tissue repair

Shockwave Therapy – three treatments to breakdown scar tissue and accelerate healing (usually chronic or old injuries)

Customized Foot Orthotics – providing your entire body support when you stand, walk or run

Some common benefits of the chiropractic and holistic therapies offered at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic:

  • Pain reduction
  • Increased blood flow & energy
  • Decreased muscle spasms
  • Reduced stress throughout the body
  • Faster recovery time

Chiropractors are front line health care providers – no referral from your general practitioner is necessary!

If you live or work in Surrey, BC, request a consult with Dr. Manjit Sadhra at the Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Dr. Sadhra has provided chiropractic and a range of wellness services for thousands of patients in BC & Alberta and was voted “Best Chiropractor in Surrey, Delta & White Rock” by his patients and readers of The Surrey Now Newspaper.


Chiropractic Approach to Health – Surrey Chiropractor Treats Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc degeneration is a normal part of aging and not a problem for most people, but for some it can cause severe bouts of acute or chronic pain.

Degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease, but is a condition in which pain is caused from a damaged disc.   In severe cases, pain can become chronic (last longer than three months).

The spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae which protect the spinal cord and provide stability for the torso.  Between each vertebrae is a fibrous bundle of tissue called an intervertebral disc which act as cushions that absorb the shock and pressure associated with normal movement.

The intervertebral discs are made up of two parts: a tough fibrous outer part (called the annulus fibrosis) and the softer gel-like centre (the nucleas pulposis).   As we age, the water content in the nucleas pulpous decreases and the discs begin to degenerate.  This may or may not be painful, but as a result the disc is also more vulnerable to injury or inflammation.

Therefore alignment of the discs, the vertebrae and other structures in the spine can be even more important as we age.  Chiropractic care restore alignment,  improve spinal range of motion, reduce inflammation, and addresses the cause of pain or discomfort associated with degenerative disc disease.

The good news is that most cases of degenerative disc disease do not require surgery.  The chiropractic approach to degenerative disc disease is long term recovery from pain using safe, noninvasive and drug free treatments.  Spinal manipulation, spinal decompression and other manual therapies, combined with therapeutic exercises and lifestyle modifications are aspects of how Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic manages and treats patients with degenerative disc disease.

So while degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging, it does not mean you have to live with pain.  We have a deep commitment to education to help our patients understand the cause of their pain so that you can eliminate risk of future pain and injury.  Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic can help you return to a healthy, pain-free and active life.

Visit Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic for a full examination, diagnosis and treatment plan.  We can help manage and eliminate chronic pain resulting from degenerative disc disease – even after surgery.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

Chiropractic Emphasizes Good Posture for Optimal Health

Work Smarter, not Harder with Good Posture

But what is “good posture”? If you are standing straight, does that mean you have good posture?  Often, the answer will be NO.  Standing upright is not the same as standing straight and does not mean that the spine is balanced in relation to the body’s muscular and skeletal systems.

Fatigue is a common symptom of poor posture.  If your body is contorted or sitting in an awkward position, it makes sense that this will use up more energy.  (Even more energy than a moderate workout – but without the desired calorie-burn!)

Our bodies are designed to function most efficiently and effectively when using good posture. Slouching in a chair or standing with slumped shoulders also means that our lungs are not able to fill completely with oxygen. This can result in decreased heart function and circulation – not to a dangerous degree, of course, but it will affect concentration and energy levels. Poor posture has a domino-effect throughout the entire body and can cause stress or serious injury to joints, especially if the muscles are weak.

In order to ensure good posture while standing, think less about a straight spine since a healthy posture doesn’t mean a straight spine.  The spine is curved which means that the chest must curve out slightly as well.  Begin by grounding the feet to the ground, slightly tilt the pelvis under and ensure the shoulders are back and that the joints are “stacked” – the hips under the shoulders, the knee under the hips and the ankles under the knees. In that position, we are able to breathe in more oxygen and with less effort.  In addition, stacked joints are more stable, and decreases the the chance of injury.

When seated, we tend to hunch forward, especially when working at the computer or when driving. What we should do is ensure that we “roll” the shoulders back and keep the chest area open to ensure optimal breathing and will also result in a slight pelvic tilt and automatically stack the hips beneath the shoulders.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to poor posture, including: weak muscles, poor eyesight, pregnancy, obesity and any injury that results in the body modifying its position. Psychological factors such as self-esteem and depression can contribute to poor posture as well.

At Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic, we can help patients train their muscles to maintain good posture and balance, whether they’re standing, sitting, moving around or even sleeping in bed.