About Chiropractic

Chiropractic care concerns itself with the alignment of the bones of the spine that protect the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots. If the bones of the spine become misaligned (from trauma, accidents, sports injuries, improper lifting and twisting, poor posture, etc.), then the resultant inflammation, muscle spasm and disc distortion will alter the nerve’s ability to transmit information to and from the brain. The nerves become “irritated” and their functioning is changed, leading to symptoms of ill-health and pain. River Stone’s chiropractor Dr. Dustie Steeves uses soft tissue techniques such as Active Release & Graston, as well as hands-on techniques to assess and treat the whole body.

Chiropractic treatment is good for:

• Sciatica
• Low Back Pain and Neck Pain
• Headaches (Tension and Migraine)
• Patellofemoral Syndrome
• Tennis Elbow
• Shin Splints
• Arthritis and Joint Pain
• Frozen Shoulder
• Scoliosis
• Plantar Fasciitis
• TMJ Dysfunction, and more!

Chiropractic care is a drug-free and surgery-free path to healing. Contact River Stone anytime to book a visit with Dr. Steeves.

What To Expect
At River Stone, we value high-quality therapy that improves your well-being and promotes good health. Visiting our chiropractor can become an important part of your wellness routine. To save time at your first visit, download your initial paperwork here and complete it at your leisure. Simply bring it along with you to your first appointment or fax or email it back to us.

The First Visit
When you arrive at River Stone please see the receptionist and provide us with your health benefits (if applicable). If you have downloaded and completed your admitting paperwork from our website, great! If not, after completing the initial forms, you will be greeted by Dr. Steeves and brought to a treatment room. Please note that we do not have a washroom in our office, so if needed, use the facilities beside the elevator before your treatment.
After Dr. Steeves reviews your detailed health history, a thorough examination will be conducted to help identify the cause of your problem.

Examination
The examination is designed to work with your pain threshold and you should feel little pain. You will be asked to move your neck and back in different directions. You will also have your reflexes tested. The spine will be gently touched and your feet will be examined. Strength testing in various muscles may also be done. Once Dr. Steeves has finished with the initial assessment, she will give you your first adjustment and discuss the next steps. If necessary, you will also be given instructions for X-rays or any other further studies. This visit takes approximately 1 hour. Before you leave, Dr. Steeves will rebook you for your next treatment.

Regular Visits
With each subsequent visit, Dr. Steeves will adjust you using one of several techniques, answer any questions you may have and discuss further treatments and prognosis. We recognize your time is valuable, so we do everything possible to run on time and minimize the impact on your busy life. A typical office visit takes approximately 20 minutes.

What Are Vertebral Subluxations?
A vertebral subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body. Distorted nerve communications can be an underlying cause of many health problems. A vertebral subluxation is a stress response. Muscles go into spasm. Spinal bones lock up. And adjacent nerves are choked or chafed. This interferes with the control and regulation by your nervous system and garbles communications between the brain and parts of your body. Distorted nerve communications can be an underlying cause of many health problems beyond just headaches and back pain. For example, interference with nerve impulses going to or from your stomach will result in stomach problems. Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. These nerve impulses travel through your spine, so having a spine free of vertebral subluxations is essential for optimal health. Only a chiropractic examination can detect vertebral subluxations, and only chiropractic adjustments can reduce their effect to your nervous system, naturally.
Find out if you have vertebral subluxations before they become more serious and more difficult to correct.

Chiropractic Adjustments Are Essential
Spinal joints that aren’t moving right can choke or irritate nearby nerves. Chiropractic adjustments add motion to these stuck joints, reducing nervous system disruption. This allows your body to heal and return to its natural balance.
A chiropractic treatment is a release; our clients usually experience a pleasant sense of release and relief immediately following their adjustments.

Diverse Techniques
Dr. Steeves uses many techniques when adjusting a client. Graston Technique is a therapeutic method for detecting and resolving adhesions in muscles, tendons and connective tissue. Another kind of treatment is the Active Release Technique (ART) , which involves deep tissue manipulation. Dr. Steeves may also recommend Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), which is a kind of acupuncture also known as “Dry Needling” that targets myofascial trigger points.

Feels Great
Regular chiropractic adjustments help your body “right itself” and return to its inherent balance.
Most of our patients report a sense of well-being and ease after adjustments. After all, if adjustments weren’t pleasant, our patients wouldn’t return for the multiple visits needed to retrain their spine!

Everyone Benefits
Newborns, infants, children, seniors and even back surgery patients can get adjustments. Naturally, adjustments are tailored to your size, age and particular health issue. Chiropractic care is a natural, surgery- and drug-free way to heal and regain your well-being. Make chiropractic care at River Stone a regular part of your wellness routine.