Chiropractic

Chances are good that you or someone you know has suffered from back pain. It’s not fun. In fact, it can leave you, well, flat on your back.

At least one third of people in Ontario have back pain at any given time, making it the number one cause of chronic health problems in the province. Most people wait up to six months to get treatment. You don’t have to!

 

What is chiropractic?

The word chiropractic comes from Greek, meaning “treatment by hand.” Chiropractic is a highly skilled treatment by trained professionals. It focuses on the source of your pain and discomfort, not the symptoms. It’s hands-on treatment that works.

 

Understanding Chiropractic Care

The bones in your back, called the vertebrae, work together in a very specific way. When everything is working well, your spine is strong, flexible and aligned. The stress of daily living, injuries, or accidents can cause the bones in the spine to shift out of alignment and may affect your range of motion. Even small changes in the alignment of your spine can cause pain and discomfort to the spinal joints, muscles, and nerves.

Chiropractors understand how to relieve this pain, discomfort, and reduced mobility – whether it resides in your back, arms, legs, neck or another joint in the body. They are experts trained to find the source of your joint and muscle discomfort, assess the complaint, and make the adjustments that allow your spine to work properly again. They may also recommend changes to posture, lifestyle, or diet, and suggest stretches and exercises in order to help you return to optimum function and mobility, whether you are recovering from an injury or working to prevent recurring injury.

Chiropractic joint manipulation, or adjustment, is a treatment in which the chiropractor uses his or her hands to apply a very quick, precise, and safe amount of pressure directly on the affected area of your spine or specific joint. This pressure momentarily separates the joints, allowing a gas bubble to escape (this may create a popping sound or cracking noise). This relieves the pressure on the joint, surrounding nerves and muscles, and most importantly, restores normal mobility. The adjustment is not painful, and often provides immediate relief.

 

Information provided by the Ontario Chiropractic Association.

 Chiropractic care is found at 2453 Main Street.