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Evolve Wellness chiropractors take a holistic approach to care, meaning we consider and treat your whole body — not just the specific area that is your initial reason for coming to our Kitsilano clinic.

Our highly skilled chiropractors use a variety of diagnostic methods and tools to assess and treat your state of health, including chiropractic adjustment, physical modalities, Active Release Techniques®, K laser therapy, nutritional counselling, and/or rehabilitation programs. We develop individualized programs that optimize healing and promote long-term wellness unique to each patient’s needs. 

Your nervous system will thank you for seeing a chiropractor.
The nervous system is the link between our brains and the rest of our bodies. We interact with the world through the function of the nervous system: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch; the emotions we feel; the thoughts we observe; and the ways in which we communicate are all products of nerve activation. 

Our nervous system also plays a significant role in the mechanical function of our bodies. The coordinated function of the nervous system with the muscular and skeletal systems allows us to experience spatial awareness (also called proprioception), while the nervous system integrates proprioception with our desired activity goals (e.g. sitting at the computer and reading about the nervous system). From here, it generates programs that go out to our muscles so that they activate in an appropriate and coordinated fashion — all within milliseconds. At the same time your nervous system is active in the process of reading these words, it is also activating muscle groups while you are sitting at your computer in order to maintain your posture. 

In other words, healthy function of the nervous system is essential for our ability to adapt to our environment and to go about our daily lives: to move, rest, work, sleep, exercise and play. We don’t often notice when the neuromusculoskeletal system is functioning smoothly, but when it’s not, we may experience anything from tension and discomfort to poor balance or severely limiting pain and inflammation.

This is where chiropractors can play an important role. Our realm of expertise is the neuromusculoskeletal system, and we have extensive training in diagnosing and treating disorders of not only the muscular and skeletal systems, but the nervous system as well. 

Chiropractic adjustments restore appropriate motion to the joints and stimulate improved function of the nervous system. This in turn helps to reduce pain and inflammation, and promotes healing and optimal function. As one piece of your customized care plan developed by your highly trained and experienced Evolve Wellness Centre chiropractors, chiropractic adjustments not only improve your posture, muscle balance and mobility, but help to restore the integrity of your nervous system.

“Evolve is a warm and welcoming clinic, where the staff immediately puts you at ease. I’ve been to many chiropractors over the years and Dr. Kelsey Horsting is by far the most effective for me. Her knowledge and use of complementary practices and techniques have been incredibly successful in optimizing my physical health. I have found her practice of using the Active Release Technique especially beneficial for increasing my range of motion in otherwise tight areas of my body.”
~ Ken C.

FAQs

Everyone can benefit from chiropractic care. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional athlete or stay-at-home parent, a senior or an infant, someone who works outside or someone who sits at a desk all day. People of all ages see a chiropractor for back, neck or joint problems, while others seek relief from discomfort caused by headaches, and pregnancy. Still more find that regular visits to their chiropractor help to keep them in peak condition.

Think of it like this: we regularly have a dentist check our teeth, an optometrist check our eyes and a doctor check our blood pressure and heart, yet we take the spine — a crucial component of our body — for granted. Regular checkups of your spine can help you maintain better overall health.

We treat people for many conditions at our Kitsilano clinic, including low back pain, headache, shoulder pain, concussion, sciatica, arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Sports injuries (strains, sprains, bursitis, tendonitis, etc.) and repetitive stress damage (carpal tunnel syndrome), are also commonly treated conditions. Evolve Wellness chiropractors also advise on corrective exercises and sports performance enhancement tac-tics, as well as lifestyle balance and nutrition.

An adjustment is the main method of treatment used by your chiropractor. We apply a gentle, controlled and safe pressure to your spine to restore the proper motion and position of your vertebrae. It is a precise procedure that Evolve’s experienced chiropractors have learned and perfected over years of study and clinical practice. If you want to know the specific of what happens during your first visit, read this detailed post.

Although chiropractors use their hands for most treatments, we also use other methods such as heat, light, specialized adjusting instruments, personalized exercise programs, muscle strength testing and balancing. Your Evolve Wellness chiropractor can also give you information and guidance on how you can stay healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.

While there are many ways to make an adjustment, our highly skilled chiropractors typically use their hands to manually manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint functioning.

Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. We adapt the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

For some patients, progress comes quickly. For others, it may take weeks or months. Many factors affect the healing process. Within a week or so, most patients see enough progress to encourage them to follow through on our recommendations. Some patients rely on chiropractic care to help manage episodes of spinal problems. Others include chiropractic treatments as part of a plan of ongoing wellness care. How long you benefit from care is up to you.

The short answer is, often yes, up to a certain amount. See below.

Extended health benefits
If you have an extended health benefits through your employer, check to see if chiropractic treatments are covered. You may have coverage up to a certain limit for every calendar year.

MSP
MSP provides partial coverage for persons earning less than $24,000 dol-lars per year. To find out more about your coverage options, call Evolve’s front desk. Please note that fees related to x-ray examinations, insurance reports and requested letters are the patient’s responsibility.

WorkSafe BC
For work-related injuries, WorkSafe BC provides coverage for office visits and x-rays. No referral is required for a chiropractic visit.

ICBC
ICBC coverage is provided for office visits and x-rays for injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. No referral is required. ICBC may pay only part of Evolve’s chiropractic fees and any remaining balance is the re-sponsibility of the patient. This portion may be recoverable upon settlement of your claim. Your chiropractor will provide, upon request, a medical legal report and attend court when requested by your lawyer or ICBC’s lawyer.

Evolve chiropractors certainly do! Chiropractic treatment is as beneficial to children as it is to adults, since it is based on the biological and physiological sciences that apply equally to both.

Children can benefit by periodic spinal examinations where the chiropractor looks for clues to possible postural and movement weaknesses that may predispose children to later problems related to their spine and skeleton. Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine, as the birth process may be the first time our spines lose their normal position and/or motion. Walking, riding a bike or playing sports can also affect the spines of growing children, and issues can become more difficult to correct as an adult.

Chiropractic care is always adapted to the patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

While every health procedure, from taking aspirin to giving blood, involves a level of risk, chiropractic adjustments are among the safest of all healthcare interventions because they are non-surgical and drug-free. An adjustment is the main method of treatment used by your chiropractor. It is a gentle, controlled and safe pressure applied to your spine by highly skilled experts to restore the proper motion and position of your vertebrae. This precise procedure has been honed by Evolve’s experienced chiropractors through years of clinical practice. Complications arising from adjustment are rare.

That depends on your condition. The length of time you have had the problem, your age and the degree of your disability all affect the length of your treatment. Your chiropractor should tell you the extent of recommended treatment and how long you can expect it to last.

One of the main reasons people choose chiropractic is that they often get quick results. Individual cases vary and chronic conditions obviously need more treatment. However, WorkSafe BC studies show that people with low back pain return to work much faster with chiropractic care.

You might also consider the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments even when you feel healthy. Sometimes you won’t know you have a disorder of the neuromusculoskeletal system until it becomes acute and painful. Regular visits to your chiropractor can catch health conditions early, often preventing them from developing into major problems.

Clinical experience suggests that individuals with chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) or recurrent neck pain, back pain or headaches may experience less frequent and less severe symptoms when under regular chiropractic care. This also applies to individuals in highly stressful situations and those who experience repetitive physical and postural strain from their daily activities. Whether ongoing chiropractic treatment can prevent back pain from occurring in the first place, or prevent a previous condition from reoccurring, requires further study.

No! Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact healthcare profes-sionals in every province in Canada. This means that you can consult directly with Evolve chiropractors at our clinic in Vancouver. If you prefer, your MD can also refer you. Indeed, statistics show that 44% of MDs in Canada refer their patients to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition.

Pain or discomfort in one area of the body may be linked functionally to discomfort arising from another area. As such, addressing dysfunction in one part of the body may relieve symptoms in another part. If you look at a model of the spine, you can see that the spine is one continuous structure. Adjustment at various points along the structure may be needed to help reduce biomechanical stresses on other parts of the spine and to relieve discomfort when it is clinically necessary. Interestingly, research has shown also that joint dysfunction or restriction in the spine disrupts the brain’s ability to accurately sense positioning of all other joints in the body. This means that adjusting the neck can have a positive effect on proprioception (ability to sense where you are in space) of your entire body.

Adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, and it can make a popping sound. It is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, and is not painful.