What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is among the largest first-contact health care 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 and well trained and fully licensed to provide expert diagnosis, treatment, and preventive care for the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, as well as 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 extremely effective at treating all areas of the body including shoulders, wrists, knees and ankles (See Note 1 below).
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 is made up of 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 dysfunction in the joints to restore optimal range of motion.
Chiropractic technique can differ between practitioners. Having multiple techniques at its disposal permits the profession to meet the needs of a variety of body types and conditions. Everybody is different. Most treatment styles are hands-on; some include the use of a special
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 doctor and patient work together to reach the patient’s personal health goals. Occasionally, patients may be referred to other health care professionals for consult and treatment.
Government studies from all over the world show chiropractic to be a safe treatment for back pain, neck pain, and certain types of headache including migraine.