July 30th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 30
Chiropractor will be offering
services in the Pass
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Dr. Lindsay Paterson brings his Chiropratic skills to the Crowsnest Pass.
Pass Herald Reporter
Chiropractic medicine has come a long way from the theory of vertebral subluxation, which claims good health requires a well aligned spine and led to the stereotype of the chiropractic ‘back cracker.’
Just ask, Lindsey Paterson, member of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team who will be offering chiropractic services in the Pass.
Paterson has worked with many Calgary Stampede competitors including $100,000 winner Dustin Flundra but his patients come to him from a range backgrounds and range in age from infants to people in their 90s.
Paterson has a practice in Pincher Creek but many of his patients are from Crowsnest. So he’s struck a deal with the Health Hub’s Sarah-Dash Arbuckle and will be working out of the Health Hub’s new location in Blairmore every Tuesday.
He is not simply a ‘back cracker,’ he says, but takes an ecumenical view to health because there are many things that cause joint pain. He’ll often refer his patients to other medical professionals if he thinks their symptoms are beyond his help or expertise.
“The very first patient I ever had x-rayed had a low grade back pain that wasn’t responding to care. Turns out they had an abdominal aortic aneurism,” says Paterson. “Fortunately for him it was somewhat calcified so it showed up on an x-ray. So the gentleman had surgery and recovered.”
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Joint pain is something that can be attributed to arthritis, but not always. Almost everyone over the age of 40 has some degree of arthritis but most of us won’t feel it, says Paterson.
Regular physical activity can prevent the symptoms of arthritis but it is important to strike a balance between staying active and playing through the pain, which can be harmful.
“Pain is your body telling you to ease off on this but it doesn’t mean go home and sit in your easy chair all day,” says Paterson.
The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) has a number of tips for keeping healthy joints including backpack safety tips. For best practice, a backpack should not weigh more than 10 per cent of a child’s or 15 per cent of an adult’s bodyweight. In addition, they don’t condone carrying the pack over one shoulder or letting the pack drop down further than your hips or higher than your shoulders.
The Canadian Chiropractic Association explains that our lifestyle choices can also affect our joints. Working at a computer or other jobs where a person is in one position for long periods of time can result in tightness or restricted movement of the joints, which can cause headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain and others.
Despite the fact that they’re highly trained primary care professionals that are sought out by more than half of Albertans, Paterson says chiropractors are often misunderstood.
“I would say that chiropractors are still considered alternative medicine,” he says. “But we’re probably the most mainstream alternative healthcare practioners there are.”
In addition to maintaining spinal health, Paterson says he advises his patients with respect to maintaining a healthy body weight and diet.
“It’s like putting fuel into a racecar, and we’re all potential racecars,” he says. “But if we put in garbage fuel all the time, we’re going to get garbage performance no matter how fancy that racecar may be.”
Paterson recommends following Health Canada’s Food Guide for best results.
Chiropractic care is no longer covered by Alberta’s healthcare budget but is covered by most insurance.
July 30th ~ Vol. 84 No. 30
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