In the simplest of terms, chiropractic treatment is a hands-on, drug free, natural treatment used to treat neuromusculoskeletal problems. Whether it be an acute sports injury or a more chronic condition, chiropractic care has been shown to be effective for a variety of ailments. Chiropractors are trained to recognize, assess, diagnose, and treat complaints that might arise from musculoskeletal or nervous system dysfunction.
Chiropractors must undergo at least seven years of post secondary education, with the final four years spent in a chiropractic college. This comprehensive education ensures that chiropractors are fully versed in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, orthopaedics, diagnosis, and a variety of other health specialties. Chiropractors are educated in the treatment of numerous conditions, but just as importantly, they are able to recognize more serious problems and determine when referral to other healthcare practitioners is necessary.
In chiropractic medicine, an adjustment is used to help restore motion to joints in the spine and throughout the body. In addition, adjustments help relieve pain, relax muscles, and allow the nervous system to fully communicate with the tissues and structures it supplies. These benefits help patients recover faster from neuromusculoskeletal injuries.
In addition to adjusting, chiropractors also treat soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) with techniques including Graston and Active Release, which are described in more detail in our Services section.