Gdanski Chiropractic Clinic

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art of things natural; a system of adjusting the spine, for the correction of the cause of dis-ease.

A central premise of chiropractic is that vertebral misalignments or malfunctions occur in the spine and can produce interferences in the function of the nerve system which have remarkable and far-reaching effects by impairing the individual’s health and performance. These misalignments are referred to in chiropractic as subluxations, and are corrected with spinal adjustments administered by Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.’s).

Your nerve system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly

It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

The animation shows the interaction between the spine, your nerve system and the organs of your body.

Beyond the back

Chiropractic is great for back, neck and extremity pain. It is also great for restoring proper nerve function to the rest of your body that you don’t think about. When the nerves that supply your organs, like the stomach, heart and lungs are irritated, these organs cease to function at their optimal level. This is why chiropractic can have a beneficial effect on certain conditions such as asthma, indigestion, constipation and premenstrual sundrome to name a few. Removing irritation and restoring balance to the nervous system enhances the body’s capacity to heal.

Your body is controlled by three distinct nerve systems – the central nerve system, peripheral nerve system and autonomic nerve system (which is further divided into the parasympathetic and sympathetic nerve system). All 3 parts of the nerve system must be balanced so that they can operate in unity and create a truly healthy body.
This chart illustrates the connection between the spine, nerve system and all the organs of the body.

Chiropractic is the Science, Art and Philosophy that concerns itself with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nerve system, without the use of drugs or surgery.

What is a Subluxation ?
(pronounced sub-luck-say-shun)

Subluxations are problem areas of your spine that affect your entire nerve system. In these problem areas the spinal bones are misaligned or have lost their normal range of movement. This irritates or puts pressure on local nerves which interferes with the communication between your brain and body (and vice versa).

The stresses and strains of everyday living such as housework, gardening, desk work, lifting, or even sleeping on the couch, can cause spinal problems. So can falls, accidents (especially car accidents), sports activities and injuries. In children, subluxations may occur during the birth process, while they learn to walk and play, and from everyday childhood activities.

Symptoms such as headaches, back pain, neck stiffness, pain in your shoulders, arms or legs, numbness in your hands or feet, or nerveness are the most common signs of subluxations. But like a tooth cavity, most people will have a subluxation long before they notice any symptoms.

Your chiropractor will reduce and correct subluxations with highly skilled adjustments to your spine. If the subluxations have been present a short time, you may need only a few adjustments. However, long-term, chronic subluxations will require more frequent adjustments to retrain the problem areas of the spine to hold the vertebrae in their normal, healthy positions. As subluxations are corrected, your nerve system starts to function properly again and your body heals itself.

If you want to keep subluxations from recurring, or new ones from developing, it’s best to have periodic adjustments. Combined with a sensible diet and moderate exercise, chiropractic care can help you enjoy the best of health for the rest of your life. Seeing a chiropractor should go with everyone’s job!

Subluxations prevent you from enjoying the best of health. Only a chiropractor is trained to correct them.

How do Subluxations affect my health?


It is known that every cell in your body is controlled by your nerve system. It is also known that stress on the spinal joints or structures results in interference in the functioning of the spinal nerves. Thus when your spine is subluxated the nerves will suffer and ultimately the organs or tissues that the nerves supply will also suffer.

The animation below shows 3 different stages of spinal functioning.


  1. The green dot represents ideal spinal functioning, and the nerves fire at a normal, controlled and calm rate. In this stage the brain is able to get clear, accurate signals from the organs and is able to respond appropriately to ensure your body is working as close to optimal as possible.
  2. In a ‘sub optimal state’ the spine isn’t quite 100%, and neither are the nerves. Often you are no longer in pain, but since only 10% of your nerves carry pain, you are often not aware that the organs are also not functioning at 100%.
  3. In the subluxated state, there is so much chaos in your spine and nerve system that the nerves are unable to send or receive accurate information to and from the brain. As a result you will experience pain, discomfort, headaches, back pain and other obvious symptoms.

Chiropractic Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body.

The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nerve system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. Doctors of Chiropractic call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

The Chiropractic adjustment has been proven to increase motion, increase circulation, reduce swelling and pain, and remove nerve irritation. Once this nerve irritation is removed, your body is able to do what it is designed to do – heal itself.

Chiropractic is the Science, Art and Philosophy
that concerns itself with the restoration of good health
by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nerve system,
without the use of drugs or surgery.

Chiropractors restore proper motion to joints that are not moving properly. Helping to restore proper spinal bio mechanics and improved nerve system function begins with a case history. Your case history is vital as it reveals the background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details which brought you into the office.

After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination is performed. X-ray may be taken which will help uncover structural and functional problems.

Then, once the examination is complete, your chiropractor will explain the findings and outline a treatment plan. Progress is then monitored with periodic examination and follow-up reports.

Today’s Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, bio mechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to locate the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and help correct the resulting nerve system dysfunction.

Course in classroom hours



540Anatomy  508
240Physiology 326
360Pathology 401
165Chemistry 325
120Microbiology 114
630Diagnosis 324
320Neurology 112
360X-Ray   148
60Psychiatry 144
60Obstetrics 148
3,065 2,706
Spinal Adjustments Pharmacology
Nutrition Immunology
Advanced Radiology General Surgery







Before beginning Chiropractic school, chiropractic students need to complete 3 years of undergraduate education to obtain the necessary prerequisites.  A chiropractic student then completes 4 years of graduate school to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  However the testing is not done.  Each candidate must then pass both Federal and Provincial board examinations in order to receive a license to practice chiropractic.  It takes about 7 years of post-secondary schooling to learn how to be a chiropractor !

A chiropractic education never ends.  Most doctors continue to educate themselves by taking postgraduate courses and staying current by reading the latest scientific research.

After undergraduate studies, today’s chiropractic doctor completes
an additional four-year curriculum of over 4,500 classroom hours of health sciences.

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, ‘locked up,’ or not moving properly. An adjustment adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nerve system function, and improved health.

There are hundreds of ways to adjust the spine. Usually the doctor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow constant pressure.

After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes
highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Many patients consult a doctor of chiropractic because they think they have a pinched nerve. While commonly associated with the spine, a pinched nerve is actually rare. Research suggests that only 10%-15% of spine related problems are caused by direct pressure of bone on a nerve. Typically a ‘pinched nerve’ will result in numbness, burning, or a ‘pins and needles’ feeling. When a bone pushes on a nerve, this is a serious condition that requires immediate attention.

Several other possibilities exist that and also cause numbness and/or a burning sensation. Nerves are more commonly stretched or irritated, which will produce a numbness feeling.

If you have numbness, see your chiropractor for a detailed and thorough examination.

No, it is not possible for discs to slip.  The disc is a pad-like tissue located between two vertebrae which acts as shock absorber for the spine.   The center of the disc is made of a fluid, soft, ‘jelly-like’ substance.  When discs become damaged, tears can occur through which the soft center can leak out and push on the nerves.  This is know as a ruptured or herniated disc and is extremely painful.

While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills, by choosing chiropractic care for their disc-related health problems. In fact chiropractic adjustments are safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers, and even aspirin !

Discs do not ‘slip,’ however, if damaged they can leak or rupture.

No, each patient is adjusted according to their unique requirements. Your chiropractor will determine the best way to adjust your spine after completing a detailed examination.

Many chiropractors will adjust your entire spine, even though you don’t have pain in that area. Pain is a poor indicator of problems as many problems refer pain into other areas. Some patients who complain of headaches, may actually have a lower back problem that is causing a compensation reaction at the base of the skull. Other patients may be experiencing numbness and tingling in their fingers, when the actual problem is in the neck.

While visits may seem similar, each visit builds on the one before.

Chiropractic care is customized
to each patient’s age, condition, and spinal problem.

Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific joint, it is impossible to adjust oneself; and also dangerous.  Spinal adjusting may look easy when done by an experienced chiropractor, but it has taken several years to master – just as a gymnast makes walking on a balance beam easy.

Turning and twisting your back and neck may create a ‘popping’ sound, however this usually causes an unstable area of the spine even more unsteady.   Remember the goal of the adjustment is to get joints moving that are not moving normally, twisting your back will cause unstable joints to become more unstable.   Spinal adjusting is not for amateurs !

The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic is to receive adjustments from a Doctor of Chiropractic. Even your doctor must seek out the services of another colleague to help restore and maintain proper spinal function.

There are literally thousands of published scientific studies proving chiropractic’s safety and effectiveness.  In the words of the New Zealand government’s inquiry, chiropractic care is ‘remarkably safe.’

Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. In fact, chiropractic adjustments are safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers and even aspirin !

Chiropractic care is a natural approach to better health that is proven safe and effective. Check for more detailed information.

In fact, chiropractic adjustments are safer
than back surgery, muscle relaxers and even aspirin !

There’s a lot you can do to give yourself the best chance for a quick recovery.

Learn proper sitting and lifting methods. Specific exercises may be suggested to help retrain the muscles that support the spine.

Proper rest is an important aspect of the healing process, too. Get the appropriate amount of rest your body needs and avoid sleeping on your stomach.

During the healing process, proper nutrition is more important than ever. Make sure you eat balanced meals, and if you’re overweight, now would be a good time to slim down and reduce unnecessary stresses to your spine.

Perhaps most important of all, keep your appointments and follow your chiropractic doctor’s recommendations for optimum results.

Proper rest, exercise, and good nutrition are especially
important during the healing process.

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborn checked for the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

Later, learning to walk, ride a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the unseen damage to the child’s spine is the unique domain of a chiropractic doctor.

Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as ‘growing pains’ can often be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic check-ups can identify these problems and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.

Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and seem healthier than other children.

Chiropractic has been shown to be helpful with scoliosis
and many other so-called ‘normal’ childhood health problems.

More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance and appetite. Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.

The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results.

As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.

Regardless of your age, chiropractic care can help
improve mobility and maintain vitality.

Spinal problems neglect since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.

Most patients find that periodic chiropractic check-ups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.

Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. Unfortunately this style of ‘crisis management’ is usually more costly and time-consuming in the long run.

How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

Periodic chiropractic check-ups, like brushing and flossing your teeth,
getting regular exercise, and eating wholesome foods is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Most private insurance plans cover chiropractic services to some extent and direct billing is now available for some insurance providers.  We welcome your questions so we can help you with your insurance needs. Please confirm with our office regarding which insurace coverage is currently available.