Do Chiropractors only treat the spine?
Although chiropractors are spine specialists, they are highly knowledgeable about the nervous system, and soft tissue therapy for muscle and joint conditions. Most Chiropractors incorporate spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, exercise prescription and modalities such as Interferential Current Therapy (IFC) or acupuncture in their treatments.
What is an adjustment?
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 a referral to another health care provider.
Do adjustments hurt?
Additionally, Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headaches, and neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk.
Can I adjust myself?
When should I see a Chiropractor?
Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and at least one-third of people in Ontario will have back pain at any given time. For many people, the pain can keep them away from work, school or even their day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider.
Chiropractors are regulated primary care professionals, and they are one of only five classes of health care professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations.
Here are some of the most common reasons why more than 4 million Canadians visit a chiropractor each year:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Strains and sprains from daily activities
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Work and sports-related injuries
- Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
- General health and well-being
What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?
- Chiropractic care can:
- Improve movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
- Improve your posture
- Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Lead to enhanced athletic performance
- Improve your flexibility and range of motion
- Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
- Correct gait and foot problems
Does Chiropractic care require a referral from an MD?
Is Chiropractic safe for children?
Once I see a Chiropractor will I have to go for the rest of my life?
What is Spinal Manipulation?
Who benefits from visiting a chiropractor?
Chiropractic care helps your body perform as optimally as possible. It has an incredible amount of practical applications and can help with many various conditions.
Chiropractic care can benefit people who struggle who need help:
- Relieving acute or chronic headaches
- Relieving neck and back pain
- Relieving joint pain and stiffness
- Correcting gait and foot problems
- Improving posture and body symmetry
- Improving movement in neck, shoulders, back, and torso
- Preventing work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Improving flexibility
Do chiropractors go through specialized training?
PEDIATRIC CHIROPRACTIC FAQ
Why would a child need to go to see a pediatric chiropractor?
Whether your child is healing from an acute or chronic injury, experiencing growing pains, or has any other stress in their body, pediatric chiropractic care helps them remain in optimal health. When spinal, limb and cranial joints do not move correctly, they are not able to adequately communicate with the nervous system. The nervous system is what controls the body, running through it and managing all its functions, both consciously and subconsciously.
The nervous system relies on receiving accurate information from the joints (a phenomenon called proprioception) and muscles to function and develop optimally. Problems that are commonly associated with these joint dysfunctions include poor sleep quality, growing pains, constipation, posture problems, and behavioral issues. Chiropractic care treats more than just pain! Chiropractic care restores proper joint function and communication which will help your child’s body move, heal, and develop.
When would it be appropriate for my child to receive chiropractic care?
If there are any physical health problems your child is facing, a pediatric chiropractor can determine whether or not treatment is appropriate for them. If the identified problem is related to, or made worse, by an improperly moving joint or poor communication between the body and the brain, then a pediatric chiropractor can help. In most cases with children, there no pain complaint regarding joint dysfunction (though not always). Children should be monitored for clues of biomechanical unease.
With the impact that spinal adjustments have on sensorimotor integration and autonomic function, symptoms that children may have that are unrelated to pain can be treated with chiropractic care. Gastrointestinal, behavioral, developmental, and immune conditions and problems can all be treated without the aid of harsh medicines. Chiropractic care is also preventative care and can address problems before they progress into something worse.
The everyday challenges that children face – from tumbling out of trees to sitting at a desk for hours in class – can cause their muscles to tighten and joints to lock up. The same way you take your child to the dentist a couple of times a year to have a cleaning and exam, it is good to check in with a chiropractor on a regular schedule every few months.
Is there any special training chiropractors go through to work with children?
Is chiropractic care gentle enough to be safe for kids?
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy increases wellness and mobility with hands-on clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment for symptoms of illness, injury and disability.
Physiotherapists are recognized experts in the non-surgical treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions and injuries. A physiotherapist can also be referred to as a physical therapist, which means the same thing.
When should I see a Physiotherapist?
A large majority of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions can be greatly improved if not eliminated with manual physiotherapy. Anyone who feels limited in their normal day-to-day functions, exercise, or recreational activities due to pain or other symptoms can definitely benefit from physiotherapy.
The most common reasons to visit a physiotherapist include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Dislocated shoulder
- Elbow and wrist pain
- Foot and ankle pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Pre/Post pregnancy back and pelvic pain
- Sports Injury
- Tennis Elbow
What are the benefits of Physiotherapy?
- Improve neck, shoulders and joint movement
- Improve your posture
- Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Help with work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Increase speed of heeling for athletic injuries
- Improve flexibility and range of motion
Do I need a doctor referral?
Do physiotherapists go through specialized training?
What benefits are there for receiving medical acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture benefits the whole body while at the same time solving specific and acute problems. The benefits of acupuncture are practically limitless, but some of the more common reasons someone receives acupuncture are:
- Pain relief
- Muscle relaxation
- Endorphin release and pain modulation
- Decreased swelling
- Autonomic nervous system activity altered (vasomotor tone, cardiac rhythm, peristalsis)
- Neuroendocrine and immune response augmentation
- General relaxation
- Scar tissue breakdown
- Improved sleep
- A feeling of psychophysical well being
- Nausea relief during chemotherapy
What can Acupuncture treat?
Controlled trials offer current evidence that acupuncture can treat many conditions. The World Health Organization has established acupuncture is an effective treatment for:
- Repetitive strains (e.g. carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis)
- Acute sprains/strains
- Degenerative disc/joint disease
- Pain from nerve entrapments (e.g. sciatica)
- Postoperative pain
- Chronic pain
- Essential hypertension
- Allergic rhinitis
- Nausea and vomiting
Does acupuncture hurt?
How long does an acupuncture session last?
How many acupuncture treatments are needed?
A typical series of sessions consists of 6 to 12 visits, once or twice a week, with sessions lasting 30 to 90 minutes each. Acute conditions, such as sprains, generally require less time and frequency, whereas more chronic or severe ailments may require several (or several dozen) sessions.
LASER THERAPY FAQ
How can laser therapy benefit me?
Low-Level Laser Therapy works on injuries to a ligament, tendon or muscle and speeds up healing times. It does this by reducing pain and swelling and promoting healing. It not only works on new (acute) injuries but can work on old (chronic) injuries as well.
When an injury happens, residual scar tissue is left behind. This causes the muscle to shorten which means that it works less efficiently. Laser therapy helps to break down scar tissue which allows exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscle. By breaking down the scar tissue, you can reduce the risk of further strain, which in itself helps prevent other injuries.
What conditions does Laser Therapy treat?
Common conditions that can benefit from laser therapy are:
- Acute sports injuries such as muscle tears, tendinitis, tennis elbow, etc.
- Low back and neck pain
- Joint arthritis and chronic pain
- Nerve root irritations
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Healing Wounds
How does it work?
Low-Level Laser Therapy treatments are both painless and short. For acute conditions, a patient will need 5 to 8 sessions, while for a chronic condition they will need 18 to 20 sessions. Treatments are as short as 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the number of sites that are being treated in each session.
Laser therapy stimulates the molecules in the cell with photons or light energy which is what facilitates the healing. Photon energy in the light that is emitted by the laser is fused into the natural process of the living cells.
Research shows that this energy is absorbed by the cell and converted into complex biochemical substances that provide stimulating effects. This is the basis for reducing pain and inflammation in the muscles and is what heals the cell and restores it to normal function.
SHOCKWAVE THERAPY FAQ
Is shockwave therapy for me?
Does shockwave treatment hurt?
How many treatments are recommended?
What is the timeline for treatment?
Will there be pain post-treatment?
Should I avoid anything after receiving treatment?
PREGNANCY CARE FAQ
Is getting chiropractic treatment safe if I am pregnant?
Are there targeted chiropractic treatments for pregnant people?
Physical changes that a pregnant person undergoes can cause pressure on the spine. The pelvis also has a chance of becoming misaligned as pelvic joints loosen up in preparation for childbirth. If the pelvis is misaligned, it can impede the baby from entering the correct position for delivery in the case of natural birth, this is a condition known as an intrauterine constraint and can lead to the Cesarean section. The Webster Technique, a chiropractic technique that helps maintain the pelvis and spine in proper alignment may prevent the need for Cesarean delivery. There are other benefits of going to a chiropractor when pregnant, including:
- Fewer breech births
- Less nausea
- Reduced back and neck pain
- Relief of muscle and joint pain
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved labor outcomes, which includes reduced time in labor and delivery