Chiropractic is one of the largest primary health care professions in the country and helps approximately 4.5 million people across Canada per year. Chiropractic is a hands-on, non-invasive and evidence-based practice which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
Through orthopedic testing, neurological examination and an in-depth look at an individual's health history, your chiropractor is able to determine the root cause of your pain and treat it appropriately without the use of medications. Wide varieties of techniques are used in chiropractic, and will vary on a case by case basis; however spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is often what comes to mind when thinking about chiropractic. Specific training allows chiropractors to provide highly-skilled and precise adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine, correcting joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function.
For many conditions, such as low back pain, chiropractic care is the primary method of treatment. When a multi-disciplinary approach is advisable, a chiropractor will coordinate care with other healthcare professionals. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical or other treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions.