What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is one of the largest primary contact professions in the World, with over 100,000 Chiropractors world wide, treating over 18 million people in the US and 4.5 million people in Canada annually with drug free, non-invasive, hands-on care. Chiropractors assess disorders related to the spine, nervous system, and joints of the extremities and provide a diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. The primary goal of chiropractic manipulation, also referred to as adjustment, is to treat areas of decreased movements in the joints which can create a response in surrounding tissues (ligaments, muscles and nerves) in order to provide relief of pain and improvement in function.

Manipulation or adjustment is a highly controlled procedure, which rarely causes discomfort. A chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Many people will notice an improvement in their symptoms immediately after a treatment. To help patients achieve improved health, the chiropractor can also design a program that includes exercise and nutritional counselling.

What conditions can chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors treat a wide variety of conditions affecting the muscles and joints in the body Many of these conditions, commonly treated with pain medications, can also be treated effectively with chiropractic therapy and exercise.

People of all ages and from all walks of life can benefit from chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors also provide valuable information about maintaining optimum health and a healthy spine, and provide tips to help people reduce the risk of work and sport related injuries.

What is an adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren’t moving right. Some methods use the doctor’s hands, an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine.

What is the popping sound during adjustments?

Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It’s much like a opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but it isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment

How are chiropractic adjustments performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during four intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Are Physiotherapy and Chiropractic the same?

No. Physiotherapists are focused on treating specific conditions and on rehabilitation exercises for that condition. This is a reductionistic model of health. Although many people seek us out initially for a specific condition, Chiropractors, as mentioned previously, correct subluxations via the adjustment to stimulate the nervous system and innate healing powers of the body to heal itself and function better as a WHOLE. This is a vitalistic and wholistic model of health. One of the great vitalistic and wholistic definitions of health is when all of the cells of our body are working in HARMONY with each other. The chiropractic adjustment helps the cells in your body work in harmony with each other. Being an expert in spinal adjustments for the above reason is what sets Chiropractic and Physiotherapy apart.

Is chiropractic care expensive?

A typical visit at a chiropractic office costs between 1000 INR to 2500 INR. Studies show you could go to a chiropractor for 2-3 years and it would likely cost less than a day in the hospital. On the flip side, you could buy a couple bottles of Advil and patch up the symptoms for one visit to the chiropractor. Initial treatment periods may span several weeks but the overall cost of care still remains much less than going to see a medical doctor.

What is a subluxation ?

In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.

How does a subluxation affect me and how do you correct them?

Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals travelling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly.

This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

Is Chiropractic care safe?

Chiropractic care is safe and effective. Scientific evidence providing that chiropractic care works is overwhelming. Over the past 20 years, many independent research studies have shown again and again that chiropractic care is safe and effective for treating low back, neck and joint pain, headaches, and decreased range of motions.

How long until I feel better?

Every patient recovers at their own pace. Factors which can affect the healing process include your age, your overall health condition, your fitness levels, muscle tone, diet, your lifestyle, stress factors and even your attitude. Other factors include physical, chemical and mental stresses you have now and have had in the past.

When will I get my first treatment?

Depending on the case history, assessment findings, and severity of condition, your treatment plan will be constructed to provide the best possible results. In many cases, a patient will receive treatment on their very first visit.

Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

No. How long you decide to benefit from care is completely up to you. Starting chiropractic care does not necessitate further care. Most people decide to get wellness and preventative care so that they may continue to enjoy the health improvements they have experienced.

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