Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, movement and general health. Chiropractors utilize a hands-on, manual therapy approach that includes examination, diagnosis, treatment, and preventative care. In many cases the treatment is similar to physiotherapy and can overlap with massage as well. Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic exercises and utilize modalities, and can provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling. Chiropractic care is often the primary method of treatment for back, neck, and shoulder pain or stiffness.
Like physiotherapists, chiropractors function within a health care team to provide a complete health care plan that fits your individual needs. A chiropractor does NOT have to “adjust” you!!
The most commonly misunderstood therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors is a “manipulation” or an “adjustment.” The adjustment is applied in a very specific direction, and in a very controlled manner, to joints that are locked, or hypomobile – restricted in their movement. This can occur after injury, with poor posture, repetitive strain, or other conditions. Joint manipulation serves to restore joint mobility and function, and to alleviate pain. Despite the benefits, adjustments are not always required or possible, and chiropractors can always provide a complete therapy program without it, especially if you are uncomfortable with the technique. Your chiropractor will always discuss the treatment options with you and create a care plan that meets your needs and comfort level.