What is Chiropractic?
The practice of chiropractic includes the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions involving the neurological, muscular, and skeletal systems. Chiropractors are "primary contact" health care providers that have extensive training and specialize in spinal health care. Some conditions chiropractors have been proven to treat include: back pain, neck pain, headaches, arthritis, sprains and strains, whiplash, restricted joint motion, work injuries, sports injuries, posture relief, pregnancy related back ache, shoulder problems, improper gait, foot problems, and much more.
How does Chiropractic Work?
The nervous system is like electrical wires that connect the power plant (your brain), to your house (your body). A healthy and well-maintained spinal column is the same as having a load and clear telephone connection. Having restrictions in your back, or improper movement within your spinal column, is similar to having static or buzzing on the line, not allowing proper electrical flow. In turn, this causes irritation of the surrounding muscles and nerves, resulting in spasms, pain, and restricted ranges of motion. Chiropractors specialize in clearing the spinal column of these restrictions, alleviating pain, and restoring spinal motion and health. Additionally, chiropractors treat and restore motion to extremities, such as shoulders, knees and ankles.
What is an Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a highly refined manual procedure that involves a very controlled, gentle and quick trust into a joint that has decreased range of motion. A chiropractor is specifically trained to detect and correct these areas of joint dysfunction throughout the body with particular focus on the spine. The purpose of chiropractic treatments is reducing pain, restoring function, and returning the patient back to their normal optimal functioning level.
When adjustments are performed, a joint may or may not create a "popping" sound. This is due to the change of pressure within the joint and the release of gas bubbles. This is completely normal and similar to the change of pressure and the "popping" sound when opening a can of pop. Chiropractic adjustments are very safe and comfortable. They have been assessed and studied thoroughly, and are supported by the latest evidence based research. Most patients experience immediate relief following adjustment, however in rare events some patients may experience mild and temporary adverse effects that resolve quickly.
Chiropractic education in Canada requires 7 years of university level education. Chiropractic students undergo a rigorous course similar to other health care professionals. The academic program requires completion of 3 years of university and 4 years of full-time study at an accredited chiropractic program, including a year-long internship.