When Robert Trevisan obtained his education in chiropractic medicine, he knew he wanted to bring his knowledge back to the city that raised him. More than 25 years later, his practice Victoria Chiropractic Clinic, has existed as a vehicle for implementing his expertise to better his community.
“The best part of my occupation is having a person present in severe pain and discomfort and returning them to functioning at their maximum level of health,” he says.
Trevisan provides the latest in physiological therapeutics. In addition to spinal adjustments, he specializes in trigger point therapy and soft tissue work. He has extensive experience in dealing with auto and work-related injuries, sports injuries, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) and whiplash.
And despite the pandemic’s impact and the changes he’s had to make to adapt to the situation, Trevisan says his commitment to improving patients’ health has stayed constant. He’s increased cleaning practices, has taken away items such as magazines and children’s toys from the waiting room and has adjusted appointment schedules so that there is one patient at a time in the clinic.
One thing he’s noticed, however, is that many of his patients have not been coming into the clinic to schedule regular appointments. He believes it’s because they fear they will catch COVID-19 or feel that because they are staying at home that they don’t need to see a chiropractor. It’s caused him to reduce his hours of operation to three days a week versus his regular five days a week. But according to Trevisan, there are health risks with abandoning a regular adjustment cycle, even for people who say they haven’t been doing much outside of their homes.
“If you’re on a regular treatment schedule and something flares up, it’s relatively easy to pick up regular treatments for a little bit and relatively easy to settle everything back down, but if you haven’t been in six, eight, 12 months, all of a sudden you’re not that easy to treat anymore,” he says. “Basically, it’s like starting with a new patient all over again.”
Studies have shown a number of benefits associated with short term and regular chiropractic care. This includes spinal and extremity pain relief, headache relief, increased mobility and range of motion, decreased stiffness and muscular spasms, arthritic joint pain relief, increased joint health, increased performance and energy, increased sense of well being and relaxation, increased balance and coordination, reduced degeneration and risk of injury, enhanced tissue healing and decreased tissue inflammation.
And though Trevisan says it’s been a challenging time, he is hopeful that business will ramp up again once lockdown restrictions ease up and people feel more comfortable. Until then, he encourages people to educate themselves on the benefits of chiropractic care and how it might play a role in keeping them healthy in the midst of the pandemic.