Holistic Hub: Taking the “tension” out of chiropractic medicine

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“Chiropractic medicine isn’t just about your bones, it’s about total body alignment and helping you reach your full mobile potential.”

- Dr. Matthew Serrick

Many people underestimate the power of chiropractic treatment. Many have been lead to believe that one crack in the wrong place could do more harm than good.

Unfortunately popular medicine hasn’t promoted the benefits of chiropractic medicine to its full potential. Did you know that proper chiropractic treatment can boost your immune system? Research has indicated that proper chiropractic adjustments can remove blockages for blood flow and circulation which helps strengthen immunity and dispel of harmful build-ups from the body. It also helps boost white blood cell counts.

Popular Toronto based Chiropractor Dr. Matthew Serrick sat down with us to talk about his profession and how useful chiropractic medicine can be for most people. Here’s what he had to say:

What is your personal definition of your profession? In other words, describe what you do?

Chiropractic care is about helping you and your body function at its full potential. It focuses on treating your muscles, joints, and nerves using manual hands-on therapies to help your body heal, deal with pain, increase mobility, and optimize performance. Occasionally, we use adjunctive modalities to help you achieve your goals like laser therapy, shockwave therapy, medical acupuncture, and exercise prescription. Treatments are tailored to you and your lifestyle.

What are some common misconceptions associated with chiropractic medicine?

Firstly that adjustments are dangerous and harmful – while all therapies carry certain risks, chiropractic care is a safe and effective option for back and neck pain. Also, many think that chiropractors only do adjustments – some chiropractor might focus on just doing adjustments, while others employ a more comprehensive approach to treatment. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, but you need to find out which one works better for you. And lastly, many think that we’re not educated doctors – we have a minimum of 7 years post-secondary education, including extensive courses in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry. We also complete 4,500 hours of clinical education, and have to undergo professional accredited board and licencing exams.

Oh, another misconception is that once you start chiropractic treatment, you become a “lifer”. While regular or maintenance care may be encouraged to prevent injuries or to stop them from returning, you can utilize your chiropractor however you feel necessary. If you want to receive care only when you’re in pain, then that’s when you receive your care.

What are the most common ailments you treat? Do you come across any out of the box issues you have to remedy?

The most common things we treat are low back and neck pain. Usually a result of postural issues (from working at a computer) or an injury (bent over to pick up something and felt pain in the back). We also treat ankles, knees, hips, and elbows too. Basically, if there is a muscle, nerve, tendon, or joint involved, we can help. We treat people of all ages.

As for out of the box treatments, I’ve had a patients come to me with vertigo, TMJ (or jaw) pain and clicking, it was challenging, but interesting to see unique ways my practice could be helpful. I’ve also treated a child who was tip-toeing when walking.

Are there any unconventional benefits to seeing a chiropractor regularly?

Our muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons absorb a lot of stress in our daily lives. Seeing a chiropractor regularly (even in the absence of pain) can help to detect and treatment some of the issues (or dysfunction) before they become an obvious problem. We know how your body should move and behave and can see if there is a component that is lacking, and help you to fix it.

How does regular chiropractic care impact the body?

Regular chiropractic care isn’t for everyone. But for those that choose to receive regular care, it can have great impacts on body function. It can help to maintain proper spinal mobility and posture. When your body is able to move better, it is able to function better. This enables you to enjoy doing that things like to do like playing a sport, playing with the kids, hiking a mountain, or socializing with your friends and family. People tend to overlook the simple things they enjoy and take them for granted (until something happens and you realize that you can’t do these things as easily anymore).

How chiropractic medicine can work in conjunction with other treatments? Eg. Holistic care

At my clinic, we work with other professionals (if needed) to help you achieve your goals and expectations. We often complement medical treatments by providing natural forms of relief, or helping to deal with the side effects of certain medications. We can work and communicate with your massage therapist and recommend focussed treatment of specific muscles. We can work with a naturopath who might prescribe some natural means of controlling inflammation. We can work with your nutritionist to come up with a dietary plan – a huge component of overall health.

When you would recommend seeing a chiropractor?

I would recommend seeing a chiropractor if you are having pain or discomfort, if you feel “tight” and “tense”, if you have poor posture (or feel like it could be better), if you are an athlete or are active and are looking to function and perform at your best, or if you feel like you could us a little spring in your step (something just doesn’t feel quite right).

Can you recommend some resources for people to check out?

You can check out my website at www.backinbalanceclinic.ca, we have a blog that we regularly update.

Dr. Matthew Serrick is a chiropractor in downtown Toronto. He has a science degree from Memorial University in Newfoundland, and a chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Serrick has graduate-level training in work disability prevention. Dr. Serrick has been helping his patients work, play and function better with chiropractic care for 6 years. He is actively involved in the community and regularly plays volleyball, badminton, and curling. Dr. Serrick practices evidence-based care, to deliver the highest quality of care to his patients. Dr. Serrick is committed to getting to the root of the problem.

If you would like to connect with Dr. Serrick, here’s how!

Visit: www.backinbalanceclinic.com

Tweet: @DrSerrick