Chiropractic is an evidence-informed, non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractors practice primarily using their hands, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, joints, and muscles of the body.
Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, depending on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a history, performing an examination and establishing a diagnosis, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
One of the most common therapies a chiropractor uses is spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), which can comprise a variety of adjustment techniques. Specific training in SMT allows chiropractors to provide highly-skilled and precise adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine, correcting joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function.
For many conditions, such as low back pain, chiropractic care is the primary method of treatment. When a multi-disciplinary approach is advisable, a chiropractor will coordinate care with other health care professionals. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical or other treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions.
-Strains and sprains
-Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
Based on your condition and preference, joint mobilization and manipulation may be used. These techniques involve moving joints past their normal range of motion to improve joint biomechanics and relieve pain.
Functional Integrated Needling
This approach integrates a variety of dry needling techniques during a single session. Unlike traditional acupuncture which traditionally selects points along meridians, dry needling targets anatomical structures that are the underlying cause of musculoskeletal conditions. The benefits are decreased pain, decreased muscle tension, and improved function.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Using either hands or specially designed instruments, this therapy targets muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments and aims to reduce tension in these tissues. This treatment helps to alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and athletic injuries.
Exercise is the foundation of health. Specific exercises will be prescribed to you to help relieve pain, and keep it away. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine will help you move better and feel better.
Whether your goal is to improve your body composition, increase energy levels, or perform at a higher level athletically, nutrition plays a pivotal role. By learning how to properly fuel your body, you will be able to move towards better health and reach your goals.