What is Chiropractic?

ChiropracticIt’s hands-on treatment that can be performed on infants, children, adults, seniors and pregnant women.

When all the joints are moving well, your spine is strong and flexible. Everyday stresses of daily life, injuries or accidents can cause the bones of your back to shift out of their alignment or affect your range of motion. Small changes in the alignment of your spine cause irritation to your nervous system, resulting in pain in the joints, muscles and nerves along your spine and also extending to your extremities.

Chiropractors assess the problem and make the proper adjustments, restoring motion and allowing your spine and nervous system to work properly again.

Different chiropractors use different techniques. The Complete Wellness Team is trained in several techniques including the following:

  • diversified chiropractic joint manipulation
  • activator methods
  • drop-table and low-force techniques
  • non-force techniques
  • ART (active release technique)

Chiropractic can help conditions such as:

  • Neck pain, headaches & migraines
  • Lower back pain, sciatica & disc herniations
  • Sport, work-related and motor vehicle accidents
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Overuse injuries
  • Fibromyalgia, chronic pain & pregnancy-related pain

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a treatment in which the chiropractor uses a safe amount of pressure directly on the misaligned area of your spine. This adjustment relieves the pressure on the joint and surrounding nerves, and most importantly, allows your spine to return to its proper position. As chiropractors are concerned with your overall well-being, treatments target the cause of the problem rather than masking the symptoms.

Chiropractic treatment types

There are different ways a chiropractor can care for your back, depending on your condition. Generally, there are three levels of care, but for most people, the need is for immediate relief.

  • RELIEF CARE is provided for immediate pain and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age and physical condition, one visit, or several visits over a relatively short period of time may be necessary.
  • CORRECTIVE CARE treats long term spinal problems. Because these problems have existed for some time, they require a longer, more complex period of care, which may include a customized exercise program.
  • SUPPORTIVE OR MAINTENANCE CARE helps you maintain and enjoy the benefits you’ve achieved from relief and corrective care. Continuing to work with your chiropractor and having adjustments once in a while will keep your spine as healthy as possible.

As chiropractors are concerned for your overall well-being, most treatment is accompanied by exercise, diet, and other healthy living suggestions to help keep your back healthy and strong.

How are Chiropractors trained?

In Canada, over 120,000 individuals per day experience the benefits of chiropractic. Chiropractors are required to complete a minimum of three years of university, followed by fours years at an accredited chiropractic college. Chiropractic students receive over 4500 hours of education, including anatomy, neurology, physical assessment, patient management and hands-on clinical experience. Once students have completed their education, they must pass both provincial and national exams to earn the right to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).