What is Chiropractic?
The word “Chiropractic” derived its name from the Greek words meaning “done by hand.” Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, manual health care practice that focuses on conditions involving the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Doctors of Chiropractic (Chiropractors) use a hands-on approach for the treatment of disorders related to the joints and structures of the spine, pelvis and extremities.
Doctors of Chiropractic
Chiropractors are primary care doctors that practice a natural hands-on approach and occasionally are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a Chiropractor will develop and carry out of a comprehensive treatment plan. Each treatment plan varies from individual to individual based on findings (either physical or diagnostic – X-rays or MRI).
What Chiropractors Do
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by Chiropractors is known as a “spinal manipulation,” also known as “Chiropractic adjustment.” No, Chiropractors do not “crack” your bones, the sound emitted during an adjustment is due to a release on gas within the joint and does not affect the bones in the area.
The purpose of a manipulation is to restore joint mobility to an area that does not move as well as it should because of tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by such things as heavy lifting, repetitive use or awkward positioning. All of these causes can lead to inflammation, pain and muscle tightness. Manipulation (or adjustment) of the affect tissue or joint, can restore movement, decrease pain and loosen muscles, thus allowing the tissues to heal.
Chiropractors can also employ various soft tissue (muscle) therapies such as “myofascial release” to help restore normal function to stiff and painful muscles. Myofascial release focuses on “releasing” muscular shortness and tightness by relaxing contracted muscles, thus increasing circulation to the area and promoting overall function.
Conditions Chiropractors can help with:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Sprain & Strains
- Repetitive (overuse) Injuries
- Spinal Disc Bulge/Protrusion
- Joint Dysfunction (Spinal or Extremity)
Chiropractic care is a regulated health profession, recognized my statute in all Canadian provinces and American states.
Also, most private insurance policies will cover the expenses of your Chiropractic treatment.