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What is Chiropractic Health Care?

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a drug-free, hands-on treatment that can immediately treat the source of your back pain. Accidents, stress, or poor posture can injure your spine causing irritation in the surrounding muscles, joints and nerves.

Chiropractic treats the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms.

Chiropractors understand how to relieve this pain. They are specially trained to find the source of your pain, assess the problem, and make the proper adjustments that allow your spine to work properly again. Chiropractors might also use massage, ultrasound, low-level laser, or other therapies to treat your back problem. You will be given advice on posture and exercise to restore proper function.

An “adjustment” relieves the pressure on the joint and surrounding nerves, allowing your spine to return to its proper position. The adjustment is not painful, and often provides immediate relief.

It’s simple treatment that works

One of the largest primary-contact healthcare professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the nervous, muscular and skeletal system.

Adjustment of the joints of the body has been used in the healing arts for many centuries and is at the heart of modern chiropractic care.

Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints. Adjustments help relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body, so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.

What is an Adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint to restore proper movement and optimize function. When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the popping noise you may have heard about.

Why is Spinal Health Important?

The body’s information highway- your nervous system- is protected by the spine. The nervous system travels out between the vertebrae or joints of the spine to carry messages from the brain to every corner of your body. Stress and strain on the vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves in the affected area. That is why a problem with your spine can have far-reaching effects, causing symptoms such as arm or leg pain.

The Evidence

Spinal manipulation is the most studied treatment for low back pain. To date, 85 % of clinical trials have shown that manipulation is more effective than other forms of treatment, which include rest, exercise, electrical modalities, and medications. More recently, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, declared spinal manipulation the most effective treatment for acute low back pain. Complications are rare and side effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor.

What is a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are regulated primary healthcare providers (like medical doctors, dentists and optometrists) and the licensing college in each province is charged with protecting the public and setting standards for the profession.

Your chiropractor is well trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another healthcare provider.

Following university studies, a chiropractor must then complete a rigorous four-year, full time education program and pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice. Chiropractors work to help you stay active and can prescribe therapeutic exercises to help you increase your strength and improve your range of motion.