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The following excerpt is taken from the Ontario Chiropractic Association’s website available to the public, detailing what chiropractic is:
One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system.
Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.
Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. According to patient surveys, by treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.
There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Strains and sprains
• Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
• Work and sports injuries
• Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
• General health and well-being
Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. Almost 2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.
Taken from the Ontario Chiropractic Association Website: www.chiropractic.on.caaph here.
Chiropractic is a safe and effective health solution for the treatment and management of conditions relating to all your joints, muscles, ligaments, fascia and preservation of the function of the nervous system. The chiropractic approach to health care is holistic, stressing the patient’s overall health and wellness. It recognizes that many factors affect health, including exercise, diet, rest, environment, and heredity.
Chiropractors are primary care Doctors. No medical referral is necessary and costs of chiropractic care are commonly included in extended healthcare plans.
Chiropractors provide natural, drug free, non-surgical treatments and rely on the body's inherent recuperative abilities. A chiropractor’s primary tool is their hands. Gentle spinal and peripheral joint mobilization and adjustments are aimed at maintaining good alignment and mobility. A variety of techniques are utilized in our practice. These include but are not limited to drop piece assisted manual therapy, diversified chiropractic technique, Webster technique (in pregnancy), cranialsacral therapy, soft tissue therapy, and various exercise strategies. Education regarding various health concerns, advice relating to proper ergonomics and posture as well as prescription of custom orthotics are also tools we utilize in our practice.