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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Chiropractic?

The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.”

Adjustment of the joints of the body has been used in health care 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. Adjustment helps relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body – so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.

Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counselling, and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.

Source:

Ontario Chiropractic Association

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What Is An Adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustments free up the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.

Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor will determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.

Source:

Ontario Chiropractic Association

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When Should I See A Chiropractor?

Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life, and at least one-third of people in Ontario will have back pain at any given time. For many people, the pain can keep them away from work, school or even their day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider.

Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent conditions disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous systems. These disorders may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, referring pain in your arms and legs, etc.

Many patients including, seniors, find that treatment helps them to maintain mobility and a good range of motion. Pain should never become a way of life, especially when there is qualified help available.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care: Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain a healthy spine and joint function.

Source:

Ontario Chiropractic Association

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What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care can:

  • Improve movement and function in your neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities

  • Improve your posture

  • Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain

  • Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries

  • Lead to enhanced athletic performance

  • Improve your flexibility and range of motion

  • Relieve pregnancy-related backache

  • Correct gait and foot problems

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Source:

Ontario Chiropractic Association

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What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the skin. It can be used for a wide array of conditions from headaches, neck pain, tennis elbow, lower back pain, knee pain, ankle sprains, and the list goes on. The points used are determined by the practitioner based on their examination and according to their practice style.

Acupuncture is all about blood flow. The needles bring blood to the area through vasodilation and thus, bring more oxygen along with it. Oxygen in turn, helps in the healing process by modulating pain and decreasing sympathetic activity. When there is an injury, inflammatory substances are released in the area. If there is prolonged inflammation, muscles can become fibrous and tight. When a muscle is tight, it can cause compression of blood vessels and decreased blood flow, leading to pain or a decrease in joint mobility. Over time, this injury can also cause weakness and inhibition. You can see how increasing blood flow can be very beneficial.

There are many health care practitioners that can perform acupuncture. An acupuncturist is a person who obtains a specific degree in acupuncture and therefore they can use that title. Chiropractors, on the other hand, take additional courses outside of their regular curriculum in order to be certified to perform acupuncture. In this sense, acupuncture is used as another modality, or tool, used to treat the condition, similar to using a laser as part of a treatment.

Practices & Theories

There are various theories and practices of acupuncture. One main approach is using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM acupuncture is based around the concept that the body’s vital energy, qi, circulates through channels called meridians that flow to all areas of the body. This approach uses named points to balance the body’s qi. This is why a point used in your hand or foot for example, could be used to help a headache or pain elsewhere in the body.

The style of acupuncture that I use is called Functional Integrated Acupuncture. This incorporates components of TCM and a contemporary medical approach. Depending on the patient’s needs, either method can be effective in treating pain.

Acupuncture points can be identified through resisted muscle testing. These tests can expose any muscle imbalances, weakness or inhibitions. Muscle inhibition is when the nerve that causes a muscle to contract (flex) can no longer function at it’s optimal capacity. One way to think about inhibited muscles are that they are ‘turned off’ and we can use acupuncture to ‘turn them on’. Electroacupuncture can be used to activate inhibited muscles by adding an electrical current between the needles to stimulate the muscle, causing contractions.

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