The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.”
Adjustment of the joints of the body has been used in the healing arts for many centuries and is at the heart of modern chiropractic care.
Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints of the body. Adjustment helps relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the joints and supporting muscles and ligaments – so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.
Your chiropractor will recommend a course of treatment specific to you that may also include mobilization of the joints, ultrasound, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation and therapeutic exercises. Chiropractors are also trained to provide nutritional counselling, and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.
Back health is important
The body’s information highway – your nervous system – is protected by the spine. The nervous system travels out between the vertebrae or joints of the spine to carry messages from the brain to every corner of your body. Stress and strain on the vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves in the affected area. That is why a problem with your spine can have far-reaching effects causing symptoms such as arm or leg pain.
When to consider chiropractic care
If aching joints and muscle pain are affecting your ability to get through the day and keeping you away from your favourite activities, consider chiropractic care. Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and back problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function.
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
Benefits of chiropractic care
Chiropractic treatment is skilled, hands-on health care that relieves pain and helps your body be its best. Here are some of the ways it can help you.
· Improved movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
· Better posture
· Relief from headaches, neck and back pain
· Prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries
· Enhanced athletic performance
· Improved flexibility
· Relief of pregnancy-related back ache
· Correction of gait and foot problems
Helping You Feel Better Naturally
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a highly-skilled and precise movement applied by hand to the bones of the spine to correct the joint and restore the proper movement and function. Depending on the nature of the problem, Dr. Amini may also utilize joint mobilization, muscle release techniques, phototherapy (cold laser), acupuncture and therapeutic exercises to relieve your pain and get you moving again.
How are Chiropractors educated?
Following 3 years of university education, doctors of Chiropractic acquire their knowledge through a rigorous 4 year academic training including internship. Chiropractors are regulated health professionals and must pass Canadian board examinations in order to become licensed to practice.
Is chiropractic covered by health insurance?
Chiropractic care is covered extensively by third party payers. These include the automobile insurance, worker’s compensation, private health care insurers, the RCMP and the Veteran’s Affair Canada.
Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are primary contact health care professionals which means that patients can consult them directly.
Does chiropractic treatment usually require x-rays?
X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined after taking a patient’s history and physical examination.
What is a “subluxation”?
Subluxation is a term used to describe a function problem with a joint and the structures associated with the joint such as the muscles, tendons and nerves. Dysfunction can present itself as pain, inflammation and restricted mobility. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and identify dysfunctions that do not appear on x-rays.
What research has been done on chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science. Adjustment has been extensively researched. Chiropractors offer safe, non-invasive approach to joint and muscle problems.