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What is it like to get Chiropractic Treatment?

Ever wondered what chiropractic treatment is ACTUALLY like? We sat down with our North Burnaby chiropractor, Dr. Duriell Bernard (learn more about Dr. Bernard here!) to discuss his treatment approach- and it turns out, it’s not all “backs and cracks”! 

Initial Assessment

If this is your very first time seeing Dr. Bernard, he will take the time to sit down and listen to your story, the WHOLE story. For Dr. Bernard, it is very important for him to understand where his patients are coming from not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Many patients come to their appointment with preconceived expectations of what they want their chiropractic experience to be, and this is totally okay! 

Every patient has the power to take initiative for their own healthcare and wellness. Have a question or concern? Don’t be afraid to ask! Therapy can be tailored to your own objectives as long as you and your practitioner are clear about what those goals are. Dr. Bernard will always ensure that you both are on the same page as the treatment process progresses.

The Debrief 

After a functional orthopedic assessment, and taking into account your story and intentions as the patient, Dr. Bernard will always communicate to you directly in a “debrief” what’s going on with your body and what he can do to help you get better. Understanding is key! Dr. Bernard will always make sure clear communication occurs every step of the way- before, during, and after treatment. 

Treatment (Cracking your back is not always the answer!)

Treatments that Dr. Bernard can offer include:

  • Myofascial Release
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy (i.e., Graston technique, myofascial cupping)
  • Exercise and Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Spinal Manipulation Therapy

Your treatment plan will be based on your specific injury, your goals, and your discussions with Dr. Bernard. A lot of the time, you might not even need your back cracked! Chiropractors can do so, so much more. Your treatment is entirely based on your specific needs.

Dr. Bernard will be the first to admit, he doesn’t know everything! That’s why he is committed to building and working with your own personal healthcare team to provide the best treatment for you. Total Therapy has so many awesome physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and kinesiologists all in one place, which makes building your healthcare team super easy! If you already have a committed healthcare team outside of Total Therapy, that’s great too! Dr. Bernard will communicate and coordinate with them to maximize the therapeutic value of your treatments.

Performance on Demand

Based on his experiences working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, Dr. Bernard has developed a “Performance on Demand Model.” Our bodies do amazing things for us each and every day, even if we aren’t Olympic athletes! That’s why Dr. Bernard’s goal for you as a patient will always be to get you back to doing the things you love as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.


To book an appointment with Dr. Bernard at our North Burnaby clinic, click here!


To learn more about Dr. Bernard and his work with athletes, click here!



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