Chiropractic Care and You
The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.”
Adjustment of the joints of the body has been used in the healing arts for many centuries and is at the heart of modern chiropractic care.
Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints. Adjustment helps relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body – so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.
Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counselling and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.
Evidence-based & patient-centered
Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor is well-trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another healthcare provider.
Following university studies, a chiropractor must then complete a rigorous four-year, full-time education program and pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice. Chiropractors are regulated health professionals and the licensing college in each province is charged with protecting the public and setting standards for the profession.
Chiropractic Care and Neck Pain
Causes of neck pain
Neck pain is a common problem with many possible causes. Poor posture, hunching over a computer, arthritis, whiplash and muscle strain from simple things like reading in bed or grinding your teeth can all trigger neck pain. When your neck muscles become tired and strained, pain is usually the first symptom.
Chiropractic Care & Headache
Different types of headache
Many people have occasional headaches, but frequent headaches that affect your ability to sleep or get on with your day can be disabling. Common types of headaches are tension headaches that could hurt anywhere on the head; and migraine headaches that are accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light.
Did you know?
A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) is highly trained to diagnose your type of headache and provide hands-on treatment that works. Frequent severe headaches should not be ignored.
Chiropractic Care & Repetitive Strain
Repetitive strain injury is typically caused by rapid, repeated use of muscles and joints. Numbness, tingling and burning sensations, swelling and aching pain are among the most common symptoms. It affects a broad variety of people from athletes such as tennis players and golfers to trades people like jackhammer operators and assembly line workers. Video gaming, computer use and even crafts like knitting are all associated with repetitive strain injuries.
Common types of repetitive strain include carpel tunnel syndrome, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow and rotator cuff injuries. Left untreated, repetitive strain can cause injuries that may not heal without a long break from the cause.