Our primary purpose is to help individuals and families achieve
optimal health by restoring and maintaining proper alignment of your
body - especially the spine. The main services we offer are:
Relief care is designed to allow a patient to get relief from
immediate symptoms such as pain, pins and needles or colic. In our
office, we will always perform a thorough examination of your spine.
It is important to understand that relief of symptoms often does not
mean your are 'fixed'. It's a bit like replacing a tire that has
blown out because of faulty wheel alignment. It will get you going
for a while but unless the underlying faulty alignment is fixed, the
new tire will just blow out again.
Relief care typically lasts for 3-6 weeks.
After achieving relief of your symptoms, we will offer you
corrective care as described below.
Corrective care is specifically designed to restore proper alignment
of your spine. Recent research allows us to now know what is correct
alignment of your spine. This is very important knowledge as with
this we can now accurately establish what is normal in your spine
and what is abnormal. We can then take steps to restore the region
or regions of abnormal alignment to normal with certainty.
This before and after x-ray shows the side view of a patient's neck.
The blue line shows correct alignment and the red line shows the
patients alignment. It is easy to see that the alignment on the left
is severely abnormal and the alignment on the right is almost
Abnormal alignment left uncorrected causes progressive degeneration
of the spine - wearing away of discs and formation of degeneration (osteoarthritis
of the spine and spurs). This degeneration puts pressure on the
spinal cord and spinal nerves making your body progressively sicker
Normalization of this alignment stops the process of degeneration(arthritis)
and oftentimes results in significant reduction of degeneration.
Corrective Care is essential for any spine with abnormal alignment
if you want your spine and body to remain healthy for as long as
possible. Note that Corrective Care has a clear and objective end
point i.e. when the spine is restored to normal alignment.
After achieving correction of your spine to the best level possible
in your case, we will always offer you Maintenance Care to maintain
the correction achieved. Even with good correction, stresses in life
can cause loss of correction if care is not taken. Please read the
section on Chiropractic for more information on cause of
misalignment. If you understand the causes, you and your family can
minimize your need for Chiropractic Care and maximize your health.
We have extensive experience working with babies from newborn and in
fact with mothers even before their babies are born. Some babies can
have remarkably severe misalignment of their spine either due to the
birth process or intra-uterine constraint. In our experience, this
misalignment is a common cause of baby problems such as colic,
irritability and recurrent ear and respiratory infections. It is
easy to find out if this is the cause of any problem in your baby -
babies typically improve dramatically in 1-3 weeks of starting
chiropractic care, sometimes even with the first adjustment - so you
will know very quickly if we can help.
Typically, correction of spinal problems in babies is much quicker
and easier than in adults as commonly; spinal misalignment in adults
has been present since birth!
Many families choose to have the spine of their babies regularly
checked by a chiropractor even if they are not overtly sick. These
families report to us that they have healthy, happy babies as a
While all age groups can benefit from having correct alignment of
their spine, pre-teens require special mention. Typically, boys grow
rapidly until about age 15, then slowly to age 18 or so. Girls grow
rapidly to about age 13 and then slowly to age 15. Most of the rapid
growth is due to increase in leg length and spine length and the
slow grow due to spine growth only. This means that certain
distortions of the bones of the lower limb and of the spine cannot
be corrected after this growth has ceased. Vitality Chiropractic
strongly recommends you have your pre-teens checked for any spinal
distortion, scoliosis or Short Leg by age 13 for boys and age 11 for
girls. We get very upset when we examine a young teen and find
problems that could have been fully corrected 2 years ago which now
Scoliosis is any curve in the spine when looking from behind. Curves
are normal when looking from the side, but from behind, the spine
should be straight. There are several different kinds of scoliosis -
some are relatively straightforward to correct. Unfortunately, most
cases (some 85%) are idiopathic meaning the cause is not understood.
These abnormal curves develop most commonly in adolescent girls. It
can be difficult to see with the untrained eye until the case is
severe and can progress quite rapidly once started. For these
reasons, we highly recommend screening for girls in Year 6 or 7 and
again in Year 9 for this condition. Please click here for more
Frequently, people are aware that their posture is not good but do
not know what to do about it. We specialise in restoring proper body
alignment and posture.
Short Leg Correction
A short leg, or anatomical leg length inequality (LLI), is when the
actual bony length of one lower limb differs from that of the other
(that is a difference in the length of the femur or tibia from left
to right). Research indicates that up to 3 mm of difference is ideal
but that even 5 mm of difference increases the probability of low
back pain significantly.
In an adult, this LLI cannot be corrected without surgery, but it
often can be effectively compensated for with a correctly calculated
shoe lift under one heel.
In a child, this LLI often can usually be grown out given correct
treatment if aged 11 years or less for girls and 13 years or less
for boys. Typically, correction will take place at 1 mm per month.
We have however successfully corrected an 11 mm short leg in a 15
year old boy (over 12 months). We are experienced in this work and
have had much success.
Please note that this is a bony length difference accurately
measured using special x-rays. Do not confuse with an apparent leg
length difference as observed when lying down due to muscle
imbalance or inaccurately measured using a measuring tape. While
this may be manipulated away and 'fixed' in a visit or two, a true
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