What is Chiropractic?
All chiropractors undergo a minimum of 7 years of university level education. Four of these years of study take place at an accredited Chiropractic Institution, of which one year is a clinical intern placement. Following successful completion of their education requirements, chiropractors in Canada are required to pass three comprehensive national board exams to be granted their license.
Chiropractors are doctors of manual medicine that employ drug-free methods to treat pain and improve physical function. This discipline focuses on the neuro-musculoskeletal system, providing diagnosis, treatment, and preventative care for disorders related to the joints, muscles, and nerves of the human body. Chiropractors are most well-known for being spinal specialists, however they receive extensive training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of both upper and lower limb conditions as well.
What Can I Expect from a Chiropractic Visit?
Chiropractors combine detailed history taking with observation, orthopedic testing and skilled manual palpation to locate dysfunctional muscles and joints, and identify the cause of pain. Treatment administered may include adjustments, mobilizations, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, rehabilitative exercise and advice.
A chiropractic adjustment is a thrust with a specific direction and amplitude targeted to a dysfunctional joint with the intent to restore proper motion and function. Adjustments also have a modulating effect on the nervous system, which can result in relaxation of tight muscles, and even transient improvements in blood pressure. Mobilizations are another technique that is often used as well, which involves slower impulses and more constant pressure to achieve the same result. Sometimes a popping sound is heard from adjustments and mobilizations, this is caused by the rapid separation of the adjacent joint surfaces and gas entering the joint.
The purpose of rehabilitative exercises is to address weak links in the kinetic chain, or dysfunctional postural adaptations. Exercise is an important component in maximizing the joint function improvements achieved during treatments. Keeping up with corrective strength exercises is an essential piece to keeping pain away so you can continue to do the daily activities that you love.
Is Chiropractic Right for You?
Whether you are suffering from long standing aches, experienced a recent injury, or simply want to learn more about how you can be healthier and move better – chiropractic is for you.
Conditions Treated by Chiropractic:
- Back Pain
- Upper, Mid, and Lower Back Pain, and Stiffness
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Elbow Pain
- Hip and Knee Pain
- Muscle Tightness and Stiffness
- Neck Pain and Stiffness
- Shoulder Pain
- Sports Injuries