Services - Chiropractic

Chiropractors practise a non-invasive, drug-free, manual approach to health care that includes patient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. In particular, chiropractors assess patients for disorders related to the neuro-musculoskeletal system as a whole. With the information collected from physical assessments and patient history, chiropractors are able to provide a differential diagnosis for the patientís presenting condition(s) and develop a comprehensive treatment/management plan. Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic exercises, utilize other non-invasive therapies, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counselling.

Spinal Manipulative Therapy

Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) is the most common form of treatment utilized by chiropractors in clinical practice. It is a non-invasive and manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed through four years of intensive chiropractic education. SMT is a carefully controlled procedure delivered by a skilled practitioner to treat a dysfunctional spinalor extremity joints. The primary goal is to decrease pain and improve areas of reduced segment, joint,and supporting tissues. This helps to decrease muscle tightness or spasm through the restoration of normal mechanics and improve functioning of the spine. It is important to stress, however, that this procedure is considered to be only one of many tools that can be applied as a therapeutic intervention to help with recovery and is not used in every case.

Please visit the Chiropractic Association website at www.ccachiro.org for more details.