Scoliosis – the “Zig” in Your Child’s Spine

Many of my adult patients tell me in the first visit that they have a ‘curve in their spine’, or if they are lingo-savvy, a ‘scoliosis’. Often this is something they’ve been told briefly and don’t fully understand. At this point, the dialogue typically ensues that usually a scoliotic curve in an adult is nothing to worry about and doesn’t need to be monitored. However this is not the case with children and teenagers. A scoliotic curve in a child or teenager can change, sometimes extremely rapidly, over the course of months to years, potentially impacting performance, function, pain levels and health. Spinal scoliosis in children and teenagers do need to be monitored, and your chiropractor is the perfect person … Read More

What Is Chiropractic Wellness Care?

Chiropractor Guelph

Dr. Alyssa Shepherd DC Sick care vs. Health care When patients come to see me, I always explain the two phases of care: symptom care (a.k.a. chiropractic acute care) or supportive and preventive care (i.e. “chiropractic wellness care”). Most people start in acute care – they have a symptom that they want to be resolved, such as headaches. This model is akin to sick care, in that you have a physical issue that you need addressed and resolved. It’s analogous to seeing your MD when you get an infection. Once the symptom is resolved, people can choose to move into a supportive and preventative care phase in order to optimize their function and prevent symptoms of pain and dysfunction from … Read More

New Treatment Options? What to Do About F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real!)

Dr. Alyssa Shepherd DC, Guelph Chiropractor Fear – we all have at least one, more often, many – spiders, snakes, heights, chiropractors… Wait – WHAT?! Yes, you read that right, for many people, chiropractic and chiropractic adjustments are a scary thing to think about. I’ve found this to be particularly true if you fall into the category of having had a negative experience with a chiropractor or adjustment, you’ve never seen a chiropractor and don’t know how this system of care helps your body to heal, or no one has ever taken the time to share with you how chiropractors can help get you, or your baby or child, back to being healthy and truly thriving. The interesting thing about … Read More