What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a hands-on therapy that focuses on the health and function of the spine and nervous system. The spine acts as the body’s foundation which supports and protects our nervous system, and the nervous system controls every single cell in the body – allowing us to move, breath, eat, smile, and function day-to-day.
Chiropractic philosophy focuses on naturally improving the health of the nervous system by ensuring the spine, our foundation, is properly aligned and moving correctly. When the nervous system is healthy, we are healthier – both mind and body.
Who are Chiropractors?
Chiropractors are one of only seven classes of regulated health care professionals that are able to use the title ‘doctor’ in the province of Ontario. Prior to attending chiropractic college, chiropractors must have completed a minimum of three years of undergraduate university study. From there, chiropractors complete four years of study at an accredited Chiropractic College receiving more than 4200 hours of specialized clinical training. Upon completion of the chiropractic curriculum, eligible individuals write national licensing examinations in order to become fully licensed to practice.
What do Chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors practice primarily using their hands, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. The following conditions are amenable to chiropractic care:
- Low back pain
- Midback Pain
- Neck Pain
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (Jaw pain)
- Headaches & migraines
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Sprains & Strains
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Myofascial Pain Syndromes (widespread muscle pain)
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Rib dysfunction
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Ankle sprains
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Foot Pain
- Digestive Issues
- Numbness & Tingling
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle Spasms
Acute Chiropractic Care
‘Acute’ refers to a symptom you may be experiencing that is new or has come on over the course of days or weeks. An injury is considered to be acute when there is active inflammation causing pain, swelling, reduced range of motion, and loss of function.
During your initial visit to the clinic we will conduct a thorough health history and perform a comprehensive physical examination. Once we have ruled out the need for further evaluation, we will propose treatment plan specific to your condition.
The goal of acute care is to manage your pain and improve the mobility and function of the spine and/or extremities involved. If your symptoms do not begin to subside within the first 3-5 treatments, we may perform a re-evaluation, send you for x-rays or co-manage with your physician.
Wellness Chiropractic Care
Wellness care refers to the proactive maintenance of health by having routine chiropractic treatments to ensure proper mobility of the spine and joints of the extremities.
Human Chiropractic FAQs
While we will gladly collaborate with your primary care physician, no referral is needed to see a chiropractor or for insurance coverage of chiropractic care.
Adjustments of the spine and/or extremities do not always produce a sound. When chiropractors adjust restricted joints, a vacuum of pressure is released which is sometimes heard as an audible ‘pop’ or ‘crack’.
Chiropractic adjustments typically do not hurt.
Spinal nerves exit between the vertebral bones of the spine. When vertebrae are not moving properly this can irritate these nerves which can result in pain, muscle spasm, reduced range of motion, altered sensation, muscle weakness, and even altered organ function.
Seldomly do these spinal nerves actually become “pinched” by the vertebra themselves. More-often they become “irritated” by inflammation of the soft-tissues that surround the spinal joints. Cases which involve compression or “pinching” of nerves are usually caused by the intervertebral discs (IVD).
The initial exam involves a thorough health history, gait analysis, range of motion testing, and static and motion palpation of the spine and extremities. Treatment includes corrective chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, myofascial release, assisted-stretching, rehab exercise prescription and nutritional counselling when needed.
Corrective chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue treatment, and assisted-stretching encompass the majority of subsequent appointments.
- 50% discount/professional courtesy rate for chiropractors, veterinarians and animal rehabilitation specialists
- 50% discount for shelter/fostered animals
- 10% discount for families (pets and owners)
- 30% discount for your next follow-up visit for new patient referrals