What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. Doctors of chiropractic practice a manual approach that includes providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. The main goal of chiropractic adjustments or manipulative therapy is to treat areas of decreased movement in the joints. Decreased motion may create a reaction in surrounding structures such as muscles, ligaments and nerves causing pain and dysfunction.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Adjustment, also known as manipulative therapy is a very controlled and precise manual procedure that uses the highly refined skills developed over four years of intensive chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine in order to reduce pain, restore correct movement and enhance function of the joints and supporting tissues. Adjustments rarely cause discomfort. Complications from adjustment are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are minimal. Many people will notice immediate positive changes in their symptoms following a chiropractic adjustment.

Why is spinal health so important?

The nervous system travels from the brain to all the other parts of your body acting as your body’s communication highway. Protecting the highway are the vertebrae and joints of the spine. Stress and strain on the vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves in the affected area. That is why a problem with the spine can have vast effects.

When should I see a chiropractor?

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care including work and car accidents, sports injuries, pain from household chores, even the stresses of daily living may cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you are not experiencing any pain, chiropractic care can help maintain healthy joint and spine function.

Many patients seek chiropractic treatment for general wellness care and to help achieve their optimum level of health. Others, such as seniors, find that chiropractic treatment helps them maintain a greater range of motion and mobility.

Chiropractors also offer valuable information about maintaining optimal health and the prevention of pain and injuries. Treatment is adapted to the specific needs of the patient and may include exercise and nutritional advice.

Common conditions treated by chiropractors include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle pain
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Workplace injuries
  • General health and well-being

What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?

  • Improved range of motion
  • Improved posture
  • Relief from pain
  • Improved flexibility
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Relief of back pain related to pregnancy
  • Correction of gait and foot problems
  • Improved daily functioning

Ivana Starcevic
HBsc., DC, D.Ac.
Certified McMaster Contemporary Acupuncturist

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