Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-surgical method of treating or
preventing health problems associated with the body’s
nervous, muscular and skeletal system by
manual manipulation of the joints of the body, especially the spinal
column. Doctors of chiropractic are primary health care providers
responsible for the assessment of their patients and the diagnosis of
their presenting complaint. Many chiropractors are also trained in
non-invasive complementary fields, such as nutritional and wellness
counselling, and exercise therapy. 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. Chiropractic is one
of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Canada with over 5,000 practicing
chiropractors. Approximately four and a half million Canadians use the
services of a chiropractor each year.
Chiropractors are also highly
trained in the recognition of other diseases/disorders that may fall
out of their scope of practice. In this way, they diagnose and refer
to another more suitable professional
What Is Chiropractic Manipulation?
Chiropractic spinal manipulation (A.K.A.
an adjustment) is a drug-free, non-invasive manual procedure which
highly-refined skills developed during four intensive years of
chiropractic education. It involves the chiropractor’s placement of
his/her hands onto restricted areas of movement on a patient’s spine,
or other joints of the body, followed by a gentle thrust or impulse
designed to re-establish proper movement of these restricted joints.
Poorly moving joints can create a reaction in surrounding tissues,
such as ligaments, muscles and nerves, which may result in pain,
dysfunction and muscular spasm. These are the prevalent complaints of
many chiropractic patients. Spinal manipulation,
as practiced by
trained chiropractors, is a highly controlled procedure, which rarely
causes discomfort. A chiropractor will modify any procedure to meet
the specific needs of each patient, and to accommodate different body
types and tolerance thresholds in general. Most often, patients report
positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment
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