Ask your Chiropractor
WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT?
A precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint in the body, an adjustment helps restore proper movement and optimize function. When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing a popping noise.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
At least one-third of people in Ontario have back pain at any given time. The pain can keep them away from work, school and day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions in your life, you should consult a healthcare provider. Chiropractors are regulated primary healthcare professionals who are highly educated and trained to assess, diagnose, prevent and treat conditions and disorders of the spine, joints and the muscle and nervous systems. This includes back pain, neck pain, headaches and pain in your arms and legs. Chiropractic care can help maintain mobility and range of motion.
IS CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT SAFE?
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record; many patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment.
DOES CHIROPRACTIC CARE REQUIRE A MEDICAL DOCTOR'S REFERRAL?
No, chiropractors can be consulted directly. However, they often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer their patients to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will alleviate a patient's condition.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON REASONS PEOPLE SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
Back and neck pain; headache; whiplash; strains and sprains from daily activities; repetitive strain injuries; work- and sports-related injuries; arthritis; restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs; general health and well-being.
WHAT DOES "CHIROPRACTIC" MEAN?
The term, which originates from ancient Greek - chir + praktikos - essentially means "done by hand". Chiropractors are specialists in the manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine, as well as joints in the body. They are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counselling and recommend rehabilitation and injury-prevention strategies.
From the Ontario Chiropractic Association website www.chiropractic.on.ca