What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Calgary Alberta. It is a non-invasive, hands-on health care profession that serves to diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders and conditions related to the spine, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system.
Doctors of chiropractic use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, the chiropractor will develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan and recommend rehabilitative exercise; as well as provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling. Chiropractors believe in treating the individual as a whole and focus on how a patient’s musculoskeletal and nervous system function in relation to the whole body.
A chiropractor does not prescribe drugs, but may make a referral to medical specialists for such treatment when appropriate.
Who Can See A Chiropractor?
Anybody can come in for a Calgary chiropractic visit! Commonly, people who suffer from workplace accidents, sports injuries, pregnancy related pain, motor vehicle accidents, and stress-related ailments, seek chiropractic care for pain relief. Chiropractors work with patients to resolve pain, discomfort, and restricted range of motion that can happen when you injure yourself. Once patients are back to feeling better, many continue to see their chiropractor to help prevent further injury and treat the ailments of everyday stressors.
What Happens During A Chiropractic Visit?
On the first visit, patients begin by filling out a health history form and reviewing their history and current health with their chiropractor. The chiropractor will then proceed to the initial physical examination and use a variety of diagnostic and physical examination techniques to assess the patient. Following a diagnosis, the chiropractor will recommend a treatment plan, some alternatives, and gain consent for the treatment before continuing.
Calgary Chiropractic treatments commonly include: a chiropractic adjustment, joint mobilizations, soft tissue therapy (ART®), Graston, massage, medical acupuncture, heat, cold, rehabilitative exercise, ultrasound, interferential current, and/or laser light therapy.
What Is An Adjustment?
An adjustment is a non-invasive highly skilled procedure consisting of a gentle, controlled and directed movement to help relive pain and discomfort, and restore a joint’s normal range of motion to optimize function. The chiropractic adjustment has been proven to increase motion, coordination, and circulation, and reduce swelling, muscle spasm, and pain.
When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the popping sound that you may have heard about. Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor is well trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.
Chiropractors in Canada have completed a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education, including at least 3 years of an undergraduate university degree and a 4-year chiropractic program of over 4500 classroom hours. In addition to time spent in the classroom, chiropractic students spend over 250 hours dissecting human cadavers and at least 1000 hours treating patients in a supervised clinical setting. Following successful completion of their education requirements, chiropractors must pass the national Canadian licensing exams in order to receive a license to practice in Canada. All the chiropractors at our clinic have a minimum of 8 years of post-secondary education, along with numerous extra health and exercise related certifications.