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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is among the largest first-contact healthcare professions in Canada and North America. Chiropractic uses a non-invasive, hands-on approach to treating disorders of the muscles, joints, and nerves in our bodies.

Chiropractors are well-trained and fully licensed to provide expert diagnosis, treatment, and preventive care for the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and assess and refer patients to other healthcare providers when necessary.

Chiropractic care is most known for its ability to relieve back and neck pain. However, it is also highly effective at treating all body areas, including shoulders, wrists, knees and ankles.

The bony spine is a mechanical marvel. It supports the skeleton, acts as an attachment for many muscles, and protects the spinal cord. At the same time, it allows for incredible flexibility. Between each spinal bone, called vertebrae, are small openings through which nerves pass, providing a connection between the spinal cord and the rest of the body. The spinal cord comprises many long nerve fibres carrying electrochemical messages like a living telephone cable. Vertebral joint dysfunction or misalignments can cause pain, numbness, tingling or headache. Symptoms vary.

The chiropractor’s job is to locate and correct this joint dysfunction to restore optimal range of motion.

Chiropractic techniques can differ between practitioners. Having multiple techniques at its disposal permits the profession to meet the needs of various body types and conditions. Everybody is different. Most treatment styles are hands-on; some include using a drop table, pelvic blocks, or an instrument such as the Activator®, which delivers a precise, adjustable thrust to correct misalignments identified by your chiropractor. Your chiropractor may also provide many effective muscle treatments, including stretching, Active Release Technique, or Graston Technique. There are many options available. After history and examination, a treatment plan is presented, and the doctor and patient work together to reach the patient’s health goals. Patients may be referred to other health care professionals for consultation and treatment.

Government studies worldwide show chiropractic is a safe treatment for back pain, neck pain, and headaches, including migraines.

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