Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact health-care professions in Canada. Each year, millions of Canadians seek chiropractic care for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. In addition to reducing pain, chiropractic is also concerned with correcting and maintaining the function of the spine so that the body’s musculoskeletal and neurological systems will perform optimally. Chiropractic is more than dealing with pain. It optimizes the function of the spine to promote overall health.
Chiropractic spinal manipulation (commonly referred to as a chiropractic adjustment) is a drug-free, non-invasive manual procedure which utilizes the highly-refined skills developed during four intensive years of post-university chiropractic education. The primary goal of chiropractic manipulation is to treat areas of decreased movement in the joints of the body, particularly the spine, which can create a reaction in surrounding tissues (ligaments, muscles and nerves) resulting in pain, dysfunction and muscular spasm.
Chiropractors assess disorders related to the spine, nervous system, and joints of the extremities and provide diagnosis, treatment and management of those disorders. Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies.
Spinal manipulation, as practiced by trained chiropractors, is a highly controlled procedure, which rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Chiropractic adjustments are comfortable and safe for the whole family, from infants to pregnant women and the elderly. For hundreds of thousands of Canadians, visiting a chiropractor is routine – like regular dental check-ups. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
In many cases, such as acute low back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. Where other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects of discomfort associated with the condition. Chiropractic care may also be palliative, providing symptomatic relief to patients with chronic conditions.