Chiropractic focuses on joint, muscle and nerve function. It helps restore optimal function of the spine and limbs. The goal is to decrease pain, improve range of motion and improve overall health.
The most common mode of therapy utilised by chiropractors is the adjustment. Treatments may also include soft tissue therapies, therapeutic exercises, as well as nutritional and healthy lifestyle recommendations. Following a thorough medical history and physical assessment, the chiropractor will make a diagnosis and design a personalised treatment plan.
Chiropractic is a regulated health profession. In Canada, chiropractic education includes a minimum of three years of university followed by an intensive four year program at an accredited chiropractic college. In order to be able to practice, chiropractors must successfully complete national and provincial exams.
The adjustment is a treatment in which a chiropractor uses his or her hands to apply a very quick, precise, and safe amount of pressure directly on the problem area of the spine or joint of the upper or lower limb. This pressure momentarily separates the joint. This relieves the pressure on the joint and surrounding nerves. It allows the joint to return to its proper position and function. This often provides immediate relief of pain. Regular adjustment of the spine can also help attain and maintain an optimal level of health.
Following are a few specific conditions and symptoms which are successfully treated with chiropractic.