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WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Chiropractic care is a patient-centred, non-invasive, hands-on, regulated health care profession focused on your spine, muscles, joints and nervous system. Chiropractors use the best available evidence and clinical expertise to diagnose issues that affect your body’s movement. They treat them without medication or surgery and prevent them from returning. Chiropractic care can also promote health and improve your quality of life, as well as alleviate pain.

Doctors of chiropractic, called ‘chiropractors’ are spine, muscle, joint and nervous system experts. Every chiropractor receives around eight years of post secondary academic and clinical education. They are trained in how to evaluate, diagnose, recommend and deliver a treatment plan that manages issues within these systems, according to your preferences. A chiropractor’s education also includes courses in radiology, pain management, prescribed exercise and rehabilitation, among others.

Each chiropractor is uniquely qualified to evaluate your condition and identify what’s causing your pain. Based on the best available evidence, combined with their clinical expertise, your chiropractor will then work with you to determine the best treatment to relieve your pain. They will also help prevent it from returning and restore your mobility.

And in Ontario, you can visit a chiropractor without a referral from a doctor or other health care professional.

WHAT IS A SPINAL MANIPULATION / ADJUSTMENT

One of the most frequent treatments a chiropractor uses is manual manipulation of the vertebrae of your spine or other joints, which is called an ‘adjustment.’ To perform an adjustment, your chiropractor will use their hands to apply controlled force to your joint and guide it through a range of motion. This action restores your joint’s natural movement and improves its function. When applied to your spine, this treatment is called spinal manipulation therapy (SMT). Manipulation is also used on other joints, such as those in your wrist, ankle or foot, as an effective treatment.

CONDITIONS TREATED

  • Disk herniation, Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Spinal instability
  • Muscle strains
  • Postural strain
  • Ligament sprains/tears
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Knee ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL
  • Shin Splints
  • Bursitis
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Rib joint sprain/dysfunction,
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries or Repairs
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome
  • Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Headaches (cervicogenic, migraine, tension-type)
  • Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Tendonitis/Tendonosis/ Tendonopathy
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Repetitive strain or cumulative trauma (tissue/muscle overuse)

TECHNIQUES USED

  • Manual therapy
  • Spinal and/or joint manipulation/adjustments
  • Kinesiotaping, athletic taping
  • Clinical Biomedical Acupuncture
  • Custom Orthotics
  • Compression stocking
  • Nutritional advice/Sport nutrition
  • Advice and education
  • Soft tissue therapy: myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, instrumented soft-tissue techniques
  • Self-management tools and techniques
    (positions for relief, coping strategies for pain)
  • Therapeutic modalities
    (TENS, IFC/EMS, Ultrasound, Cold Laser, Heat/ice)
  • Customized rehabilitative exercise program: stability training, core strengthening, PNF stretching, functional movement exercises
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BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE

  • Improved movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
  • Better posture
  • Relief from headaches, neck and back pain
  • Prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Improved flexibility
  • Relief of pregnancy-related backache
  • Correction of gait and foot problems

PATIENTS CAN EXPECT FROM THEIR CHIROPRACTOR

  • An initial consultation to review your complaint, case history, ask questions and review relevant paperwork and available reports
  • An explanation and consent to a physical examination and appropriate diagnostic tests
  • A chiropractic examination, which may include orthopedic, neurological, muscle function, joint function and radiographic testing
  • A report of findings, which will include a diagnosis or clinical impression with a complete explanation by the chiropractor of what has been found
  • A referral to another regulated health professional, if the chiropractor feels a health condition of the patient is outside the chiropractic scope of practice
  • Recommendations for care, which may include a course of chiropractic adjustment or manipulation and/or adjunctive therapies, such as muscle therapy, electrotherapy, lifestyle advice and recommendation of assistive devices
  • Informed consent to care
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