Dr. Siu Chiropractic 脊骨神經醫生
Dr. Siu Chiropractic                            脊骨神經醫生


Can Chiropractic Help with Back Pain during Pregnancy?


Chiropractic during pregnancy can help reduce back pain and pelvic pain


Studies have shown that chiropractic care can help decrease back pain during pregnancy.


Specific chiropractic adjustments where needed can restore joint motion and restore function, enabling the mother to better adapt to the changes in posture and added weight during pregnancy.  


How are adjustments during pregnancy different?


Adjustments during pregnancy are more gentle.  


Due to the hormone relaxin being released during pregnancy, the joints are more mobile and the surrounding ligaments stretch more easily; therefore, less force is needed in order to restore proper motion to the joint.


Dr. Natalie is certified in the Webster technique, through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).  The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analyis and diversified adjustment for all weight-bearing individuals.


Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?


Chiropractic care during the entire pregnancy is safe for both mom and child. Dr. Natalie has the training to adjust throughout the pregnancy.

What if I can't lie on my belly?


Our office has pillows with a hole in the middle for your belly to allow you to lie face-down comfortably.  We also provide a soft face cradle for your face.


Dr. Natalie has a special interest in caring for the unique needs of a woman during the prenatal and postpartum periods through gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments.  Contact us if you have any questions and set-up your appointment today!

Plantar Fasciitis - What Is Causing My Heel Pain?


What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.  Usually, someone with plantar fasciitis will complain of a stabbing pain in their heel or in the sole of their foot, especially in the morning when they take the first few steps after getting out of bed.  As they continue to move around, the pain usually decreases, but it may return with prolonged standing or walking. 

What Causes it?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, and it connects from your heel bone to your toes.  With each step that we take, a healthy plantar fascia stretches out, helping to support our foot bones and absorb stress when we put weight on our feet.  Overuse of this plantar fascia tissue can aggravate it, causing it to get inflamed and therefore cause heel pain.  Therefore, plantar fascia is common in runners or people who stand or walk a lot during their day.  Being overweight and wearing shoes with inadequate support can also be risk factors for plantar fasciitis. 


At our clinic, we usually recommend several treatments if you’re suffering from heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.

Shockwave therapy:  During this procedure, high-energy sound waves are applied to the heel area, improving blood flow to the area and stimulating the body to heal itself.  It also works by breaking down scar tissue in the area, allowing the plantar fascia to stretch out smoothly again.

Custom Orthotics:  Custom orthotics are a corrective device, made from a mold of your foot, which fits into your shoe as an insert.  They help position your foot so you will be using the right muscles at the right time, minimizing fatigue and allowing your muscles to be used more efficiently.  This, in turn, places less stress on the plantar fascia tissue.  

In addition to the above treatments, manual therapy applied to the joints and muscles of the legs and feet help the area to heal further.  


Advice Disclaimer:  This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition.  Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.  

Posture Tips for Desk Work


If you spend the majority of your day working away at a desk, this can put a lot of strain on your spine, as prolonged sitting fatigues your muscles, preventing them from properly protecting your joints.  This can make you more prone to neck pain and back pain.  It can also cause you to be more prone to repetitive strain injuries, which are overuse injuries due to using the same joints and muscles to perform a repetitive task – an example of this would be wrist pain due to using the computer mouse all day.  So how can we prevent injury and keep our spines healthy? 


1) Alternate positions and movements - maintaining the same posture for a long period of time blocks flow of blood and therefore oxygen and nutrients to the muscles.  As well, muscle fatigue increases the risk of injury.  Therefore, if you have an ergonomic chair that allows you to change the height and move the backrest and armrests, try to change your position in the chair every 30 minutes, even if it’s just ever so slightly. 

2) Take frequent short breaks – every 30 minutes!  Give your muscles a break by getting up from your desk, stretching, changing positions, and varying your tasks. 


3)  Avoid reaching forward past arms-length distance, as this adds stress to neck, shoulder, arm, and upper back.  If possible, place items that you need to use frequently within arms-reach. 


4)  Use a document holder – this will help to prevent neck strain from looking down to read the document all the time.


5) Sit at the very back of your chair so that your buttocks are touching the back of the chair and your low back is supported by the backrest

6)  If you’re working with a computer, adjust the monitor height so that your eyes are level with the top 1/3 of the screen.  Also, move the monitor so that you are looking directly forward at it, rather than to the side. 


7)  Adjust the height of your chair so that your knees are bent approximately 90 degrees.  You can use a footstool for your feet if your legs do not reach the floor.  If your chair has arm rests, adjust those as well so that your elbows are about 90 degrees as well.


8)  Get adjusted!  Regular chiropractic adjustments to make sure your spine is aligned and the joints are moving well is important to preventing injury and keeping your spine healthy!  Go to our Contact Us section to book your appointment today.  


Advice Disclaimer:  This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition.  Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.  

Shock wave therapy now available at Dr. Siu Chiropractic!


Our Clinic is now offering shock wave therapy, a non-invasive procedure for the treatment of chronic pain of the musculoskeletal system.  How does it work?  Shock wave therapy focuses sound waves in the target tissue, improving local blood circulation and metabolism to stimulate a healing response. 


Conditions treated include: tennis elbow, calcific tendonitis of the shoulder, golfer's elbow, muscle trigger points, hip pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinopathy.


Learn more about shock wave therapy in our Techniques section.  Ask us about how shock wave therapy can help you today!

Office Hours

Mon:   8:30am - 11:00am

Tues:  8:30am - 12pm, 2pm - 4pm

Wed:   2pm - 6pm

Thur:  8:30am - 12pm

Fri:     8:30am - 11:30am

Sat:    9:30am - 3:30pm

Sun:   Closed

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Dr. Siu Chiropractic
1128-8700 McKim Way (Admiralty Centre)
Richmond, BC V6X 4A5
Phone: 604-270-2227 604-270-2227
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