Dr. Fred Meinzer, B.Sc., D.C.
Introduced to chiropractic care as a small child and recognizing its many benefits helped pave a pathway towards a career in chiropractic medicine. Upon finishing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Meinzer was accepted into the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Completing the four year degree in 1992 and graduating with Magna Cum Laude honours, made the past eight years of study worth while.
Following his desire to live on the West Coast, Dr. Meinzer accepted an associateship in Surrey and began a private practice. Within a very short time he began looking for a place to open his own clinic and explore his vision. He then joined the Integrative Healing Arts clinic, providing the chiropractic care component for the centre. In 1994 Dr. Meinzer opened his own clinic in Aldergrove. The Aldergrove clinic is now a small wellness centre including chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.
Treatment style can be very important for patients. Dr. Meinzer utilizes a variety of chiropractic techniques depending on each patient and their needs. From very traditional manual, hands on adjustments to instrument style adjustments. Nearly all of Dr. Meinzer's neck treatments are now done using the Activator adjusting instrument and Active Release Therapy (ART). He will be happy to consider your own personal preferences when deciding on a treatment style or technique. Our patients are always given options and must feel comfortable with their treatment plan at all times.
As well as adjustments, Dr. Meinzer may include Active Release Therapy (ART) or Trigenics Therapy to a treatment plan. These are specific muscle release and strengthening techniques which have gained a lot of recognition over the years. It is true, variety is the spice of life!
Special Health Care Interests for Dr. Meinzer have been sports injury related. Having the priviledge of being part of the Rodeo Riders Sports Medicine Team for a few years was quite exciting as well as eye opening. The knowledge gained from those experiences have become an asset as a practitioner in Aldergrove. It has been a pleasure treating novice riders all the way up to professionals and even a movie stunt horse rider!
Another Special Interest is being involved with dance. That is, the assessment and treatment of dancers and their unique sports injuries. Being part of the Ballet BC Dance Co. Sports Medicine Team for the past 16 years has been nothing short of spectacular. Working with its founder Dr. Larry Chan a well respected Naturopath with a special healing touch has been great. My brother Dr. Harold Meinzer also joined the Team and has been an active treating member over the past 9 years. The real reward tends to be watching their performance after having helped tune them up moments before a show. It has been a pleasure treating student dancers all the way up to professionals from around the world. This past year has brought dancers from Russia to the QE theatre and our therapy tables.
Feet are your foundation
So simple but yet so true. Being involved with dance means working on patient's feet. Most of us never think about our feet unless they are in agony and most will never correlate their knee, hip or back pain to a dropped arch. Using the Footmaxx walking + scanning system helps to capture a patients gait and how it may be influencing other areas of their body. Based on the findings we may want to treat the feet. This could mean hands on muscle and joint work as well as cold laser therapy and or custom foot orthotics. Footmaxx orthotics are custom prescriptive orthotics which are covered under most extended health care plans like Pacific Blue Cross.
Light can help healing
The newest research is guiding therapists in the direction of light therapies. These can have many different names such as Cold Laser, Low Level Light and Phototherapy. Simply put, light/laser therapy uses specific infrared wavelengths of light to stimulate injured tissues to heal much quicker. It can be used on nearly any new or old injured tissue. Common conditions which may benefit from light/laser therapy are, plantar fasciitis, knee ligament, meniscus and cartilage injury, osteoarthritis, hip bursitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis and golfers elbow and whiplash. Results will vary from patient to patient.
*Results may vary from patient to patient with different techniques.