Chiropractic Care and Related Services

What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic, also known as chiropractic care, is a health discipline that seeks to prevent and treat health problems by using spinal adjustments in order to correct misalignments, or subluxations. The brain and nervous system control and coordinate all the body's functions in part through nerve branches that exit from the spinal cord between the vertebrae. Slight spinal misalignments are said to interfere with the function of the nerve as it exits the vertebral foramina, thereby reducing neuronal input to the end organ.  The result of this can cause a lowered immune system (ie more susceptible to colds and illnesses), reduced mobility, and pain. Chiropractors were the first to infer a causal relationship between nerve interference or compression at the spine and subsequent problems in more distant parts or organ systems regulated by the nerve.

» Introduction to Chiropractic Care

Why Go To A Chiropractor

There are many reasons to consult a Doctor of Chiropractic here at Vitality Clinic. The following are some of the most common complaints treated by Drs. Serné and Clemenhagen:

  • headaches
  • pain during pregancy
  • sore muscles
  • whiplash
  • leg length discrepencies
  • athletic injuries
  • neck pain
  • foot and knee pain
  • performance enhancement
  • prevention and maintenance
  • lowered immune system
  • decreased energy
  • sciatica
  • back pain
  • TJM disorders
  • postural correction
  • degenerative joint disease

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Yes! Chiropractic care is safer than the alternatives of taking drugs or having surgery. In fact, a recent research review study found that the spinal adjustments are even safer than taking aspirin.  Drs. Serné and Clemenhagen perform an extensive examination and history prior to any treatment to assess potential risks.  Further, Drs. Serné and Clemenhagen will then discuss treatment options to ensure your comfort level is established before ever initiating a plan.  There are many different types of Chiropractic treatments available and this will be discussed on the intial visit.  Chiropractors are also well-equipped to diagnose conditions that do require medical care, and regularly refer their patients to other specialists as needed.

Services provided by Drs. Serné and Clemenhagen include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments (HVLA manual, Activator, Hill drop table, muscle release)
  • Soft tissue (muscle) work
  • Rehabilitation of injuries
  • Ultrasound, TENS, Interferential Current (IFC,) High Volt, Pre-Modulated Current, Electrical Muscle Stim
  • Sports Injury Taping
  • Individualized Core Exercise Programs
  • Nutritional advise    
  • Gait analysis
  • Orthotics
  • Performance enhancement
  • Postural corrections
  • Muscle scans (demonstrates muscular imbalances and asymmetries)
  • Active Release Technique


A former national level gymnast, Dr. Serné has developed a keen interest in sports injury rehabilitation. It was during this time that she was first introduced to the powerful effects that chiropractic care has on athletic performance. While earning her degree in Kinesiology and studying Biology and Psychology at Simon Fraser University, Dr. Serné had the opportunity to work with numerous varsity athletes under the direction of several health care practitioners. It was at this time that she became committed to learning all that she could about chiropractic care.  Dr. Serné graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic.  Dr. Serné was the head trainer at Burnaby Lake Rugby Club until 2010 and is currently involved with the Harbour Dance Center.  Dr. Serné's favourite past times include golfing, softball, dance, gardening, and reading.    

Dr. Laura Clemenhagen is also a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Growing up in Ontario, she was drawn to British Columbia by her passion for the outdoors and for living a healthy lifestyle. In her youth she was an avid outdoor enthusiast participating and competing in alpine ski racing, sprint canoeing, dragonboat, field hockey and lacrosse.  As a result of being a high level athlete in highschool, Dr. Clemenhagen developed a keen interest in sports and the human body.  She was a member of the Canadian National Dragonboat Team for 8 years and has attended and won gold at 3 World Championships. Now that she's in Vancouver her favourite past times are beach walking and hiking with her golden retriever, outrigger canoeing, and snowboarding.

Both Drs. Crysta Serné and Laura Clemenhagen are licensed members of the British Columbia Chiropractic Association and the BC Chiropractic College.