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Therapy Services

The body is a self-regulating, self healing organism. The nervous system is the master system of the body, co-ordinating all function. This is the system that we focus on in Chiropractic. Subluxations (subtle misalignments of the spine) interfere with the function of the nervous system creating disease, therefore increasing stress within your body. Chiropractic adjustments remove this interference, allowing for maximum expression of health, creating ease, therefore decreasing stress within your body. We focus on the correction of spinal misalignments. This in turn nor only provides relief from symptoms, but also maximizes health improvements for the long term.

Chiropractic

At Calgary Family Clinic we offer three levels of chiropractic care:

  • Initial Intensive Care: In order to make a change, the adjustments are more frequent. Most people will feel some relief in just a few visits.
  • Reconstructive Care: This phase varies in lenght depending on the chronicity of your existing problem.
  • Lifestyle/Welness: Periodic spinal check-ups after correction in complete to achieve and maintain optimal spinal health.

Ways To  Maximize Results From Your Chiropractic Care

There are three main causes of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). There are physical, chemical and emotional in nature. Your ability to deal with each of these three elements will greatly influence the speed of your recovery and the level of health that you can achieve. Failure to address these components  will likely result in a poorer and/or incomplete recovery.

1. Physical Stress to the spine can be caused by:

  • Poor posture: Sit upright with shoulders rolled back and head up. Try not to lie on the couch with your head on the armrest. Do not sleep on your stomach. Try to sleep on your side, or even better, your back.
  • Poor lifting Technique: Always bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back. Never twist and lift. Always lift first, then turn your entire body.
  • Poor Driving Posture: Make sure your headrest is at or above the level of your head to minimize potential whiplash injuries! Do not reach into the back seat when driving, as this stresses spinal nerves.
  • High Heels: Heels place increased stress on the low back.
  • Repetitive Motions: Repetitive strain disorders (i.e Carpal tunnel syndrome) can result from activities such as typing and assembly line work. Take frequent breaks.
  • Trauma: Falls, trips, car accidents and athletic activities can cause spinal damage.
  • Lack of exercise or Physical Activity: Your level of physical activity greatly influences exercises.

2. Chemical Stress

Chemical causes of subluxations include the food we eat to the air we breath. To minimize chemically induced subluxations, follow these recommendations:
Do not smoke, and minimize your Alcohol intake.
Minimize your Drug intake. In our office, many of the presenting complaints are directly related to the side effects associated with the drugs that people take.
Eat Well! This includes eating lots of whole grains, fresh fruits and raw vegetables. Try to eat more fish and poultry instead of red meat. Avoid artificial sweeteners, margarine, soda pop, refined sugars, white bread and fried foods. Drink filtered, distilled or mineral water, not tap water. Try to get lots of fresh air.

3. Emotional Stress

Recent research on mind-body medicine at prestigious universities world wide suggests that your outlook on life and your emotional health have a great influence on your overall well-being. People who have a positive mental attitude deal with their stress effectively and experience greater levels of health. Different people find stress relief in different things. For some people, exercise (playing a round golf) is an effective way of dealing with stress. For others, it may be playing music or going dancing. Generally, that people who heal quickly are people who effectively deal with their level of stress.
Your ability to create balance in these areas will greatly influence your own level of health.

Dr. Spiros Papadopulos BSc, DC

Chiropractic Calgary Family ClinicA born and raised Calgarian and University of Calgary alumni, Dr. Papadopulos received his Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West (PCCW) in San Jose, California in 2009, along with recognition from PCCW Sports Council for his excellence, dedication, and service to advancing sports chiropractic.
After successful completion of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) in the United States as well as the NBCE Physiotherapy examinations, Dr. Papadopulos returned to successfully complete the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board’s examination for certification in Canada.  Dr. Papadopulos is a member of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors as well as a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and Palmer College of Chiropractic West Alumni.
Volunteering and serving the community has always been very important to Dr. Papadopulos.  During his time in San Jose, Dr. Papadopulos volunteered his services to numerous community related events including:

  • The Sea Otter Classic (‘07/’09) - Helping rehabilitate cyclists in the largest cycling event in North America with chiropractic care, Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Technique, and      first-aid.
  • The Salvation Army (2009) - Offering chiropractic care to the homeless.
  • The Boccardo Regional Reception Center (BRC) (2009) – Offering chiropractic care to single individuals and families with children.
  • The 2009 Summer National Senior Games - Helping seniors stay healthy through chiropractic care, ART, Graston Technique, and first-aid.
  • The Corona Beach Volleyball Tournament (‘07/’09) - Rehabilitating injured athletes with chiropractic care, ART, and Graston Technique.
  • Park View senior apartments (2009) – Assisting in the wellness care through chiropractic care to seniors.

Dr. Papadopulos employs diversified adjusting technique, Myofascial Release Technique, and kinesiotaping therapy in the treatment of his patients.  Dr. Papadopulos also has specific interest in nutrition, and sports therapy.
He grew up fluently speaking Greek, playing league and high-school soccer, hockey and various other sports activities.  He also enjoys running, hiking, biking, golf and incorporating physical fitness and good nutrition into his daily life.