Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms and legs, and headaches.
We as chiropractors practice a drug free, hands-on approach to healthcare that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
Chiropractors focus on the intimate relationship between the nervous system and spine and believe that biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can effect the nervous system. We also believe that for many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore the functional integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue, and consequently help improve the health of the individual.
The most commmon therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors is known as spinal manipulation also known as the “chiropractic adjustment”. The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying and controlled force in to joints that have become restricted.
Chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical treatments, including the adjustment, to treat patients of all ages with certain types of:
- Lower back pain and/or leg pain (sciatica)
- Neck pain
- Shoulder and/or arm pain
- Repetitive strains
- Sports injuries