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Our Approach

Dr. Michael adjusting womanAs Northwest Calgary chiropractors we promote a natural approach to health, healing and the strategies of living well to produce an optimal quality of life. Chiropractic is utilized by millions of Canadians each year. Chiropractors help us recover from spinal and whole body injuries and setbacks as well as provide us with an effective and safe preventative strategy against the devastating effects of stress on our minds and bodies.

Science and research reveal that the body’s motion, flexibility, alignment and posture impact every function in the body. The loss of optimum motion and spinal posture can begin in childhood, and is accelerated as time goes on. Your spine directly affects your nervous system. An unhealthy spine can often produce pain and symptoms of ill health, and seriously reduce your vitality. Chiropractic care helps to prevent risk factors that contribute to suffering. In addition, chiropractic enhances your well-being and athletic performance.

By gently using specific techniques (adjustments), chiropractors enable you to restore motion and alignment in your spine. Many people notice improvement in symptoms of misalignment and impaired spinal health such as fewer headaches, less light-headedness, improved balance, less muscle tension, and less neck or back pain.

Our Techniques

We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience.

The primary adjusting techniques we use include:

  • Diversified – After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints.
  • Activator Methods® – This is a system of spinal evaluation combined with a handheld adjusting instrument that delivers a consistent, low-force thrust.
  • CBP® – Clinical Biomechanics of Posture® is focused on producing improved posture, balance, spinal alignment and restoration of essential spinal curves.
  • Integrator Methods – This is an advanced tonal model based care that works to help restore spinal cord tone. The integrator uses light instrument adjustments to the vibrational energy in specific levels of the vertebral column, cranial suture joints, sacrum and coccygeal region.
  • Soft Tissue Therapies – Our doctors regularly include the use of various soft tissue therapies which lengthen shortened muscle fibres, relax spasming or contracted muscles, and reeducate the brain about appropriate tension to apply to the affected areas. These include techniques like myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and muscle therapies like active release and doctor assisted stretching.


Like other NW Calgary chiropractors, we hear many questions from new and current chiropractic patients. Here are some of the most common questions and answers…
What should I expect from chiropractic care?

Whether you are new to chiropractic care, or a seasoned veteran enjoying its benefits, there is always more to learn about the advantages regular chiropractic treatment offers.

Many people come to see our NW Calgary chiropractors, because they are experiencing a crisis or have a disease or medical condition, and their goal is to receive help for this suffering or life-affecting challenge. Others see us before any health concerns have developed. They are often looking at ways to optimize their health and ensure they express their full health potential. This proactive approach helps avoid problems, just like choosing to maintain your teeth, your car, or eating healthy. This is called wellness care. In either case, chiropractic care enables you to experience your maximum potential and appreciate true wellness.

The effects of being adjusted and removing interference in the nervous system can include…

Short Term Effects

  • Decrease in pain
  • Increase in mobility
  • Relaxation of muscle tension
  • Increase in circulation
  • Improved awareness of your body’s function
  • Increase in depth of breathing and oxygen in body

Long Term Effects

  • Improved stress response
  • Calming effect on sympathetic nervous system
  • Support to your digestive function
  • Decrease in sensitivity to pain

How often should I get adjusted by the chiropractor?

It really depends on what your health goals are. Our doctors will partner with you to determine what your goals are and then together you will determine a treatment plan to get you back on track. Whether you see us for a particular injury or you are interested in staying well for the rest of your life, we can customize our treatment to suit your needs.

What age should someone start receiving chiropractic care?

Research has shown that vertebral subluxations can start as early as in utero as well as during the birth process. We recommend all newborns be checked for birth trauma as well as to ensure that all neurological milestones are being met as they mature and grow.

How do massage and chiropractic work together?

Often there can be a positive feedback loop with muscle strain around the spine, which can cause vertebral subluxations, which in turn puts pressure on the spinal nerves, which then cause more pain and more muscular tension. This can be a vicious cycle which can sometimes be challenging to break. By managing an issue through massage (which relaxes the muscles and introduces oxygen to the muscles, draining away any toxicity), and chiropractic (which removes any physical restriction thus allowing neural impulses to flow freely through the nervous system), this cycle can be broken effectively. The one-two punch of chiropractic and massage can effectively manage most musculo-skeletal challenges.


If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let your doctor know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care. Contact Beacon Hill Chiropractic and Massage today!

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