Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, depending on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and performing a thorough physical exam to diagnose a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. By treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.

When your body is working optimally, it has the ability to heal itself. Trauma and other forms of interference, like chronic stress, diminish this natural capability. Holistic and preventive treatments, such as spinal adjusting, can reduce that interference, heal your body, and restore its recuperative abilities. Our practice believes that good health is about achieving and maintaining optimal body performance. Routine maintenance after one’s chief complaint is resolved is important in preventing recurrence of the same condition or others, and in achieving one’s optimal state of wellness.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:

WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?

Chiropractic care for Children

Chiropractors are trained to recognize if a joint has decreased motion or is “restricted”. When those restrictions have been determined, the chiropractor will perform a gentle, adjustive force to the area of limited motion. This restores normal, healthy joint function and reduces muscular tightness.

The “popping” sound sometimes heard during an adjustment is gas being released from the joint cavity. It sounds similar to when someone “cracks their knuckle”. It is not dangerous or harmful and it does not cause any sort of damage to your joints. With that being said, however, some people do not hear any sound at all. The goal of the treatment is not to “hear a pop” but to encourage better joint motion and decrease muscle tension.

There are many different adjusting techniques in the world of Chiropractic. Diversified technique simply means that the doctor uses a variety of adjustive procedures to restore joint motion. Utilizing the Thompson Technique, the chiropractic adjustment is performed on a table in which the supporting cushions drop an inch or two when a thrust is applied to the spine. This is an effective way in ensuring a very gentle adjustment for the patient.

Chiropractic care for Children

The Activator method (www.activator.com) utilizes an instrument to perform the adjustment, while the doctor locates the area of problem through a variety of special tests. This method requires special training and is a very gentle, yet effective way to treat all populations.

CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION

After completing his/her undergraduate studies (minimum 3 years), a Doctor of Chiropractic must undergo an additional four years of professional degree education. Before entering practice, chiropractors must pass rigorous national and provincial board examinations.

 

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