What is Chiropractic Medicine?

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One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, 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, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, 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.

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. According to patient surveys, by treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
  • General health and well-being

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. More than 1.2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.

Chiropractic Treatments:

Manipulation:

  • Precise procedure, generally applied by hand to the joints
  • Force and technique modified to patient age, stature and condition
  • Improves joint mobility by restoring the range of motion, reducing muscle hypertonicity thereby relieving pressure and tension

Mobilization:
More gentle than manipulation; utilizes less force and speed so that an audible ÒpopÓ is usually not heard.

Soft Tissue Therapy:
For muscle aches, tendon injuries, nerve entrapments, repetitive strain injuries, etc. Techniques include trigger point technique, myofascial release, active release and deep tissue massage.

Stretching:

  • Static stretches: attempts to alleviate excessively tight muscles
  • PNF(proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)- to decrease tone in tight muscle; to treat DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
  • Muscle Energy Technique Ð utilizes very light muscular contractions in very specific directions to alter joint restriction and range of motion through altering the length of local musculature

Laser Therapy:
Treatment for acute and chronic pain conditions, arthritis, wound healing, addictions, and cosmetic revitalization. Lasers work by supplying energy to the body in the form of billions of photons of light. The body absorbs this laser light on a cellular level and transforms it into chemical energy, which the body then uses to commence its own tissue repairs. The bio-stimulating effect of laser therapy causes a decrease in inflammation and pain and an increase in tissue regeneration and healing.

Prescription Orthotics & Orthopaedic Shoes:
Biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. They reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment.
Symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include:

  • Localized foot pain
  • Bunions, hammer toes
  • Arch/heel pain
  • Leg/knee pain
  • Hip/back and even neck pain

Therapeutic Gradient Compression Hosiery:
Improves venous and lymphatic blood flow. The stockings are designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the ankle. This gradient pressure promotes better venous blood flow which in turn helps to control swelling, varicosities, leg fatigue and other problematic leg conditions. Those who experience any of the following conditions can benefit:

  • Tired, aching, fatigued legs
  • Swollen feet, ankles, and legs
  • People who stand or sit for long periods
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Moderate to severe varicose veins
  • Expectant mothers
  • Schlerotherapy
  • Lymphadema
  • Overweight
  • Family history of venous leg disorders
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Exercise Prescription:
Dysfunctional soft tissues are either too short and tight or too long and weak. Most patients are required to undertake a series of exercises to stretch, strengthen, or simply to Òswitch-onÓ particular muscles. Exercises can also be used to prevent conditions such as low back pain.

Active Rehabilitation:
After an injury, illness or surgery, you may need rehabilitation to regain your strength, mobility, fitness and balance.

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