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Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care

Why You Need Chiropractic Care

Shephard Health is known for using state-of-the-art technology and techniques to treat any type of musculoskeletal injury to help you recover faster with longer-lasting results. Musculoskeletal injuries can impact your general health and wellbeing which can affect your normal day-to-day activities and overall enjoyment of life. One of the numerous treatments that Dr. Shephard uses in the treatment of Musculoskeletal injuries is Chiropractic care. There are many different chiropractic techniques and Shephard Health uses any number of them depending on your preference and the type of injury you may have.


Dr. Shephard will typically combine your chiropractic treatment with active release techniques soft tissue management system(ART), as well as Graston technique therapy to treat your condition more effectively and efficiently. The main principle behind this is as follows: a typical chiropractic treatment will align misaligned joints. This helps to reduce pain, increases range of motion and flexibility. When Dr. Shephard combines Chiropractic with ART or Graston or both, this will help take the tension off the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that influence the misaligned joints and the entire kinetic chain above or below the joint. This combined treatment will drastically speed up the healing process and help keep the chiropractic adjusted re-aligned joints stay aligned longer, allowing you to return to your activity sooner.

What are some of the conditions treated by a Chiropractor?

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

You may have often heard the term “Adjustment” to describe a chiropractic treatment. An adjustment simply means using a highly-skilled, non-invasive, gentle, comfortable, and precisely controlled movement by the chiropractor’s hands or chiropractic instrument to re-position and restore normal function of the joint. This movement will help relieve chronic or acute pain, increase range of motion and flexibility.  The chiropractic adjustment is performed by a highly trained Doctor of Chiropractic that has a minimum of 8 years of training and several hundreds of hours of training even after completing chiropractic school. It makes sense to choose a Chiropractor you can trust, Dr. Shephard has 30 years of chiropractic experience.
Sometimes when receiving a chiropractic adjustment, you may hear a popping sound. Do not be alarmed as this sound is the release of nitrogen gas from the joint being adjusted. This sound is perfectly normal and harmless as chiropractic adjustments have been heavily researched and determined to be very safe.

What can I expect on my first visit?

Upon arrival at Shephard Health, Dr. Shephard will perform a very detailed health history followed by a thorough hands-on examination of your area of injury.  This examination with consists of manually assessing the injury site, assessing movement patterns of the entire kinetic chain, performing orthopedic tests, range of motion, and neurological tests. Dr. Shephard may also review any imaging previously performed or request further imaging such as x rays, diagnostic ultrasound, or MRI. A report of findings will be detailed to you along with a recommended treatment plan that meets your goals. Based on Dr. Shephard's findings, he may also recommend various other treatments in conjunction with Chiropractic/ART/Graston therapy such as Laser and or Shockwave therapy, Spinal Decompression, and Myopulse/ Acuscope therapy to maximize the healing process in the least amount of time. Please allow 45-60 minutes for your first visit and 15-30 minutes for follow-up treatments.

Is there an extra fee for combining Chiropractic care with ART/ Graston?

At Shephard Health we believe that a more effective treatment with a great result is achieved by combining Chiropractic and ART/ Graston as one and therefore there is no extra fee for this.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chiropractic care is one of the largest primary health care professions in Canada, and approximately four and a half million Canadians visit a chiropractor every year for drug-free, non-invasive therapy. Dr. Jay Shephard is a NW Calgary chiropractor who tailors your treatment plan to include various modalities and therapies in order to best address your health care needs. Before starting your treatment, we evaluate your current health and past history of illness and/or injury to diagnose disorders related to the spine, nervous system and joints.

You may have often heard this term to describe chiropractic treatment. An adjustment simply means realigning the spine with a series of maneuvers that unlock the joints, letting your body return to its normal position. Chiropractic manipulation is only one of the many techniques used at Shephard Health. We offer a variety of combined methods and techniques to reduce pain and increase joint function in order to improve your overall health and wellness.

Our Calgary chiropractic team approaches every patient individually, using evidence-based diagnostic testing and the latest treatments and techniques. If you are looking for a NW Calgary chiropractor, we are here to serve you!


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