Chiropractic Care

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What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic comes from Greek words meaning ‘done by hand’. Doctors of Chiropractic are concerned with how the body's nerves, muscles and joints function as a whole. They focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the body. They are specialists in using chiropractic manipulations (aka adjustments) of joints to improve range of motion, flexibilty, and to restore proper function. Chiropractic is one of the most popular alternative therapies currently available. Some would say it now qualifies as mainstream treatment as opposed to complementary medicine. Chiropractic treatment is covered by many insurance plans. It has become well-accepted treatment for acute pain and problems of the spine, including low back pain and whiplash. Source: Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.

Our practioners are experienced in treating the causes of low back pain, neck pain, headache, shoulder pain, wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow and foot pain In many cases, such as acute lower 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

How are Chiropractors Educated?
Chiropractors in Canada undergo intense study, similar to other health care professionals.  There are two Canadian programs are fully accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education of Canada (CCEC), with similar standards to those of their United States counterparts, the Council on Chiropractic Education.   Entrance requirements to these programs usually require a minimum of three (3) years of university before they are eligible for admission to the four (4) year CMCC Doctor of Chiropractic Degree program.  This program includes one 12-month internship in the College’s clinic.

Faculty come from such disciplines as biological sciences, pathology, medicine and psychology, as well as chiropractic. Both the CMCC and the UQTR programs include courses in anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, embryology, principles of chiropractic, radiology (biophysics and protection to clinical x-ray interpretation and diagnosis), immunology, microbiology, pathology, nutrition, and clinical sciences specifically relating to diagnosis. 

Standards of Practice
Chiropractic is a regulated health profession recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. The benefits of chiropractic care are well recognized by other health practitioners. In a 1995 survey, 44 per cent of Ontario and Alberta physicians indicated that they refer patients for chiropractic treatment (2). 

Chiropractic is regulated by provincial statute in all provinces. For example, in Ontario, chiropractic has been governed by statute since 1925. Currently, it is regulated by the Chiropractic Act (1991) which is administered by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario created in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA)(1991). 

Chiropractors along with medical doctors, dentists, psychologists, and optometrists have the legislated right and obligation to communicate a diagnosis and to use the title doctor. The College of Chiropractors of Ontario, like the colleges in each of the other provinces, is established by legislation in the same manner, and with the same structure and similar regulations, as the regulatory bodies for other health professions. It is responsible for protecting the public, standards of practice, disciplinary issues, quality assurance and maintenance of competency.

 

What to expect on your First visit

Your first visit to our chiropractor will involve an initial assessment including a complete health history, physical examination, including an evaluation of symptoms, muscle and joint biomechanics, gait, neurological and orthopaedic tests, among other tests to provide a working diagnosis of your symptoms.   Further examinations including diagnostic imaging might be required in order to design the appropriate diagnostic studies.  From these, a detailed treatment plan is designed to best correct, and improve current and underlying problems. 

Chiropractors will use various tools at their disposal including, but not limited to:

  • Spinal and/or joint manipulation (adjustments)
  • Soft tissue treatment/deep tissue massage/myofascial release techniques
  • Rehabilitative exercise program design, Core strength training
  • Stability training
  • PNF stretching
  • Kinesiotaping, athletic taping
  • Clinical Biomedical Acupuncture
  • Custom Orthotics
  • Compression stocking

Conditions treated by the Chiropractor

Head – Neck Conditions

  • Disk herniation, Sciatica
  • Neck pain,
  • Spinal instability
  • Headaches (cervicogenic, migraine, tension-type
  • Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction(TMJ,
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains/tears
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Tendonitis/Tendonosis/Tendonopathy
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Repetitive strain or cumulative trauma (tissue/muscle overuse)
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

Upper/Lower Back Conditions

  • Postural strain
  • Rib joint sprain/dysfunction,
  • Disk herniation, Sciatica
  • Back pain
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
  • Spinal instability
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains/tears
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Tendonitis/Tendonosis/Tendonopathy
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Repetitive strain or cumulative trauma (tissue/muscle overuse)
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

Upper Extremity (Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand)

  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries or Repairs
  • Muscle Strains
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuervain's Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

Lower Extremity (Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot)

  • Muscle Strains
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament Sprains

·      Ankle Sprains

·      Knee ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL

  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
  • Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation