WE ARE NOW OPEN!

WE ARE OPEN

Dear Patients,
We are excited to announce that we are now open and are booking appointments…

We realize that you have been waiting for weeks and will do our best to see everybody as soon as we can. It will definitely not be business as usual. There will be a safety protocol in place to keep both patients and staff safe. This will be explained to you in detail once your appointment has been confirmed. Please be patient as we are dealing with a high volume of messages and requests. It may take longer than usual for your call to be returned.
To make an appointment, please call the office at 250- 248-6333 or

email: drlarryoffice@shaw.ca

Our new address is 673 Temple St. (near Pym St.) Parksville.
To quote Dr. Bonnie Henry, “Let’s be kind to each other.” This is our first time navigating down this new path. We look forward to seeing you!
See you soon…
Dr. Larry and Staff

Welcome

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Dr. Larry Smith has practiced chiropractic on beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada since 1987. His mission is to promote the tremendous benefits of chiropractic, health and fitness for the whole family. He uses his diversified life experiences to help patients reach their maximum healing potential and strongly encourages every person to take responsibility for his or her own health. For contact information, office hours and a bio of Dr. Larry click the About button.

Reopening, But Not Quite Yet…

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Premier Horgan recently announced that many health professionals would be allowed to reopen on a gradual basis on May 19, 2020. Your health and safety is our number one priority as we move forward and embrace the new normal.

Every office has unique circumstances to consider upon reopening.
Our office is no exception. We are working very hard to reopen but unfortunately, we will not be reopening on May 19th.

The good news is that our new office has passed the final building inspection and is looking great. However, there a few building details to look after before we can bring in furniture, equipment and files. After undergoing a deep cleaning, we will then put the proper safety protocol and PPE in place.

We have reviewed the protocols and guidelines from the Centre for Disease Control, Work Safe BC, BC College of Chiropractors and the BC Ministry of Health to develop our own COVID-19 Safety Plan (Pandemic Operational Plan.) We will be posting our plan at the office in accordance with the new directive from the Provincial Health Officer.

Some of the measures we will be taking are:
• Pre-screening patients for risk factors
• Disinfecting treatment tables and rooms after each visit
• Physical distancing measures such as minimizing the number of people in the office to 1 at a time and using a plexi-glass barrier at reception desk
• Using masks and other PPE
• Changes in payment methods that will reduce contact with POS machines
All patients will be informed of the exact visit procedure when they are making their appointments.
Once the building is deep cleaned and all the safety protocols put in place, we will be reopening the office.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Your health and safety is our number one priority.
Sincerely,
Dr. Larry Smith and Staff

Chiros are Opening Soon…

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Yes, many chiropractors will be opening their offices soon. But in the mean time we should continue to follow the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry and  be” Kind to Each Other.”

Yesterday, Premier John Horgan announced that the loosening of restrictions due to COVID-19 would be happening very soon. He further stated that the hands-on health professionals such as Chiropractic, Dentistry and Physiotherapy would be opening their doors sometime in mid-May.
We are empathetic to our patients that are experiencing severe pain and distress. This is an extremely challenging and difficult situation for you.
Please be patient. We would love to be able to flick the switch and have our doors open immediately. An exact opening date will be announced next week.
In order to open our brand-new office, we must:
1. Allow the builders to finish the fantastic job they have done. They are just about completed.
2. Pass a final building inspection from the City of Parksville.
3. Move the equipment, computers and supplies out of storage and into the new office.
4. Put in place the Safety protocol defined by our provincial regulatory board.
5. Obtain the hard to find personal protective equipment. (PPE)
We are moving as quickly as possible, but the main focus will be to put the safety of patients, staff and the general public as the number 1 priority.
In the meantime, let us follow the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry and be kind to each other. The future is in our hands “as long as we don’t forget to wash them.”

VIRTUAL ADJUSTMENT

Yesterday, I gave my 1st virtual adjustment to the “lovely” office people of our Cable company. We vacated our former office on Island Highway on March 31st. Due to current circumstances, we are a few weeks away from completion at our new office at 673 Temple St. In other words, no computer or phone at the old office or the new office.

It just made my day when the Cable Company informed me that “Right now, we are billing you for 2 systems.” I said to myself that they must have their “Wires Crossed.”

My response was to inform them that I had a hard time wrapping my head around being billed for two systems when we were not using the computer or phone at all. Then I visualized adjusting the lovely people so that their brains and nervous systems would work optimally.

The virtual adjustment must have worked.
I got a response 5 minutes later informing me that the phone and computer services would be disconnected in my former office and backdated to April 2nd. New services in the new office would begin after a staff tutorial.

Looking forward to seeing you all in person when we are through the Pandemic.

A big thank you to all the people working hard and being at risk to keep us safe.

In the mean time Stay Safe…

 

 

OFFICE UPDATE: March 29, 2020

We hope that you and your family are staying safe in these very challenging days.

We are in the process of moving from 255 East Island Highway to the new location at 673 Temple St. There have been some delays in completion of the new office building but it is very close to completion.

Our reopening date is dependent upon the directions and guidelines of the public health authorities. We are continually monitoring advisories by the public health authorities closely and will update you as soon as possible.
For more information on COVID-19 please see: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novelcoronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html

Please stay safe and keep moving!
Dr. Larry

Dear Patients:

Dear Patients:

Your health and safety is of great importance to us. In following public health authority recommendations on social distancing, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our clinic in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Please be advised that Dr. Larry Smith will be closed effective immediately.

All scheduled appointments for this time period will be cancelled, and patients will be contacted as soon as possible to reschedule.

The office will reopen at our new location at 673 Temple St. (near Pym) on Monday April 6, 2020. Please note that we will be monitoring advisories by the public health authorities closely and will update you if we need to extend this projected re-opening date.

Please call the office at 250-248-6333 for further updates.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Trust that we recognize the importance of your health care appointments and appreciate your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented and challenging situation together.

Best regards,

Dr. Larry Smith

Tennis Elbow Anyone?

 

Have you ever seen a person wearing a tensor bandage or support around their elbow? It is very likely that they are suffering from “tennis elbow.” The medical terms for tennis elbow are “lateral epicondylitis, lateral epicondylosis or lateral epicondylopathy.” It is a condition that causes pain, tenderness and inflammation on the outer part of the elbow.

Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive activities such as tennis, hammering or using garden shears. Repetitive overuse causes inflammation of the muscles & tendons attached to the outer part of the elbow.

Health professionals can make a diagnosis of “tennis elbow” after taking a detailed history and from performing a thorough physical examination. Tennis elbow cannot be diagnosed from blood tests or X-rays.

A common medical treatment for tennis elbow is to modify the activity that is causing the pain. For example tennis players can change the grip size of their racquet and carpenters can use different size screwdrivers or hammers.

Other standard medical treatment for tennis elbow includes ice, stretching, elbow braces, OTC medications such as ASA or ibuprofen, cortisone shots and in rare cases surgery.

There is an exciting new treatment for tennis elbow called the Graston Technique® (G.T.)

G.T. is instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that utilizes stainless steel instruments to detect “scar tissue” When skillfully utilized by a trained practitioner; these instruments help breaks down “scar tissue” and fascial restrictions.

G.T is a new and innovative way to decrease pain and improve function. It is highly effective in treating tennis elbow and several other conditions.

The Graston Technique® was conceived by an athlete who suffered a debilitating knee injury while water skiing. After conventional therapy failed, he applied his professional background in machining to create the initial Graston Technique® instruments.

The concept of cross fiber massage is not new. Graston Technique® is grounded in the works of Dr. James Cyriax, a British orthopedic surgeon. The use of specially designed instruments and protocol has been a recognized part of the manual therapy industry for more than 20 years.

Graston Technique® has become standard protocol in many universities and hospital-based outpatient facilities as well as industrial on-site treatment settings.

Graston Technique® was 1st researched at Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University in Indiana. It is engaged in research projects at Indiana University, Texas Back Institute, New York Chiropractic College and St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Graston Technique® has become part of the curriculum at 21 respected universities and colleges. It is included in doctoral physical therapy programs, athletic training programs and doctor of chiropractic programs. Today, there are nearly 5000 clinicians who use the Graston Technique® protocol. The technique is also being used within the professional sports industry by the NBA, NHL, NFL, and Major League Baseball trainers.

Do you know anybody who might benefit from the Graston technique?
Let us know!