Chiropractic

What is chiropractic?

“Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulations or adjustments.”
~ World Federation of Chiropractic 1999

 

What is a chiropractic doctor?

Like medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic receive at least 7 years of post secondary education. Many of the chiropractic courses are the same as those taught in medical school, and are often taught by the same professors. The total number of hours are also similar, however, medical doctors spend more time studying pharmacology (ie: drugs and hospital related care), while doctors of chiropractic spend more time studying biomechanics and radiology (ie: X-ray).

 

Why chiropractic treatment?

When the 24 bones that protect the spinal cord lose their normal position or motion, delicate nerve tissue can be choked or irritated. If a thorough examination reveals malfunctions of the spine, chiropractic adjustments are recommended to help correct this condition.

 

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes. By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. Comparing the statistics, chiropractic adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.

 

Types of care

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Relief based intensive care

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Treating symptoms and pain

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Corrective care

Begins when the symptoms are resolved. Maintains movement and continues the correction as the region stabilizes for more corrective healing

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Wellness care

Once maximum improvement has been achieved, the doctor may recommend an individual program of wellness care.

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Palliative care

Some people have an ongoing structural problem. Unfortunately some conditions cannot be resolved completely and may require periodic chiropractic adjustments to enable the patient to have an active life