Curious about Chiropractic Care? Quickie Q&A with chiropractor extraordinaire, Dr. Christine Cantwell, DC

by Simla on June 27, 2010

Have you ever had chronic pain? Have you been curious about chiropractic care and how it may help ease your pain?

I benefited tremendously from a gentle form of chiropractic care categorized as Bio-Geometric Integration during my recovery period from fibromyalgia and undifferentiated connective tissue disorder, which included excruciating muscle, bone, and nerve pain plus chronic fatigue. I live in full remission from these conditions today but still use BGI chiropractic care as part of my “maintenance plan.”

Dr. Christine Cantwell is a fantastic practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area who practices the Bio-Geometric Integration approach and was kind enough to make some time to answer some Quickie Questions:

  1. What is chiropractic and when is it right for you?
    Chiropractic is a non-invasive method of healing for issues such as back pain, neck pain, headaches and optimizing your health through a clear functioning nervous system. If you have a persistent problem with pain in your body, or are fatigued, exhausted and stressed-out, chiropractic can definitely help you get your back and your life in balance.
  2. How does chiropractic care benefit one’s health?
    Chiropractic benefits your overall health by reducing stress in the nervous system. It helps the communication pathways in your body function better, so your body can heal from injury more easily and respond to stress differently. Your nervous system is protected by the bones of your skull and spine, which is why chiropractors are known for working primarily in those areas. In addition to the relief of physical pain, chiropractic patients have reported that they sleep better, get fewer colds and flus, have less headaches or pain in their joints, have an easier time listening to their bodies needs, stand up straighter, and smile more!
  3. What are the top 3 benefits your clients get from working with you?
    Less stress, pain, or discomfort in their body.
    More connected to their body with greater flexibility.
    They are able to make lasting changes to correct long term problems.
  4. How many chiropractic methods are there and where can you learn more about which method is best for you?
    There are many different chiropractic methods, some of which are very gentle and don’t require the traditional “cracking” type of adjustments. There are chiropractic methods suitable for all ages and physical conditions ranging from newborn babies to elderly people, and from those who have low bone density to competitive athletes. The best method for you is the one that you feel comfortable receiving and gets great results. It is important to find a chiropractor who listens to your needs, and explains thoroughly what they are doing. Often the best way to find a chiropractor is though a trusted recommendation of a friend.
  5. What’s the best way to find a chiropractor?
    Ask for a referral from a friend you trust who has had personal experience with a chiropractor that worked for them. Look into organizations that promote excellence in chiropractic techniques- or chiropractic specialties, such as:

    Biogeometric Integration

    Light force techniques that are body centered and transformational

    Pediatric and Maternity care

  6. What length of treatment is generally recommended?
    It is different for everybody. The length of care required depends on how long the problem has been there, the general health of the person, and what other events they have experienced previously to their spine- ie. multiple car accidents or years of high stress computer work. However, most patients experience positive results within 1 to 5 visits even if it takes longer to reach their personal health goals.{Comment from Simla: I benefited right away from my chiropractic adjustments, from my first session, and my pain resolved – along with other forms of support – over 18 months or so. I was initially going twice a week, then was down to once a week. Now, I try to go about once every 6-8 weeks, preventatively.}
  7. Any closing thoughts, Dr. Cantwell?
    If you are in pain, or living with less than perfect health, don’t wait! Often we become to tolerate a certain amount of pain or dysfunction as normal, but you can feel better and your life can be much more comfortable and enjoyable with some help and guidance from your ” personal health team”.

Thanks so much, Dr. Cantwell! If you have questions for Dr. Cantwell, feel free to contact her directly – her info is below.

To your health!

Dr. Cantwell’s Bio

Dr. Christine Cantwell, DC

Dr. Christine Cantwell, DC

Dr. Christine Cantwell DC specializes in gentle and effective chiropractic care for people of all ages including pregnant women and children. She is 100% focused on helping you and your family to experience maximum vitality and well-being though the gift of a free spine and nervous system. Born in New Zealand, she graduated with honors from Life Chiropractic College West. She has post-graduate training with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is a member of the teaching staff for BioGeometric Integration. She has served globally as a chiropractor, working with families in California, Brazil, El Salvador, India, and New Zealand and had found the principles and benefits of chiropractic to be universal. Her private practice is located at 129 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117. She can be reached at (415) 374-6676 or Learn more at

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Vancouver Chiropractic September 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Thanks for sharing this information about chiropractic. Great information and the more we share the better. People need to know about this stuff!

Dr. Michael Horowitz
Vancouver Chiropractor

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