I’m so excited to be collaborating with my friend Dr. Manny Saini on a blog series about integration and collaboration of chiropractic care and athletic therapy! Keep checking back for some great information! You can find her in East Kildonan, and I highly suggest contacting her if you have any questions about her services!

My name is Dr. Manny and I am a Chiropractor in Winnipeg and I also have my Chiropractic blog, Chiro By Day ( (IG:chirobyday). I have been practicing a little over a year in East Kildonan and love to work with other health care providers in different disciplines to help patients recover quickly and prevent further injuries.


What do Chiropractors do?

Chiropractors practice primarily using their hands and/or instruments, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. We use a combination of treatments depending on the needs for the patient. Our goal is focus on getting to the root of the problem to prevent it from getting worse.

Some conditions that we treat most commonly (this is just a small list):

1.     Headaches

2.     Neck Pain

3.     Low back pain

4.     Postural syndrome

5.     Plantar Fasciitis

6.     Tendinitis

7.     Whiplash

8.     Shoulder pain


What’s an adjustment?                                                             

An adjustment is when a Chiropractor applies gentle quick force to a specific vertebral segment that has abnormal movement patterns or isn’t functioning properly.  An adjustment can be manual or instrument assisted.

A manual adjustment is done by using our hands. It’s very common to hear a cracking sound when getting a manual adjustment. That sound is what we call a “cavitation” in a joint and is due to the pressure changes that occur when moving a joint through a certain range of motion. The change is pressure releases a gas from the joint and that’s when you hear a popping sound. Essentially, it is a gas bubble being released.

An instrument assisted adjustment is commonly done with an activator.  An Activator is a spring loaded instrument that provides a gentle quick impulse to the spine and makes a “clicking” noise. The main purpose of this force is to restore motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint. The quick impulse causes the muscles to be less tense in response to resisting an adjustment. Unlike manual adjustments, the Activator is more local to the target area and there is no twisting or bending of your body and therefore you don’t hear cavitations.

Hope this helps clarify chiropractic care! Check out Manny’s pages for more info, and keep checking back here for the next part in our series!

Megan Pomarensky