Chiropractors treat more than just lower back pain. Our Chiropractors use a non-invasive hands-on health care approach that concentrates on the body's nerves, muscles and joints. Chiropractors are considered health care experts when dealing with the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic is a regulated health profession and makes up one of the largest primary contact health care professions in Ontario. More than 1.2 million people in Ontario alone use chiropractic to help them get out of pain and lead active and healthy lives.
Chiropractors take a complete health history, perform physical exams (including orthopedic testing, muscle testing, ranges of motion and other pertinent tests) and provide each patient with a specific diagnosis. From there a comprehensive treatment plan is explained and prescribed to help you resolve your condition!
Chiropractors are one of only 5 classes of health professionals who are called doctors. To become a Chiropractor you have to attend an accredited Chiropractic College / University for 4 intensive years, where you spend over 4,200 hours on specific education and training. This is equivalent to the time spent at medical school. In order to be considered, a minimum of three years of Undergraduate education is necessary.
Chiropractors treat any condition related to muscles, joints, nerves or bones. Several reasons to see a chiropractor include (but are not limited to):
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Shoulder Pain
- Arm Pain
- Knee Pain
- Leg Pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Limited ranges of motion in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
A Unique Chiropractic Treatment: Active Release Technique
The active release technique is a soft tissue treatment using a hands-on approach. This technique is comparable to a very specific massage-like treatment combined with stretching and motion. This allows the therapist to not only treat but to diagnose soft tissue injuries by feeling the texture of muscles and fascia.
Active Release Technique is the most well-known and popular myofascial technique. These techniques are used to induce motion between muscles and different fascial planes, and break down scar tissues and adhesions. This soft tissue technique is applied to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. They can help treat tight and tender muscles, repetitive strain injuries, post-surgical scar tissue, joint dysfunction, and adhesions that restrict the range of motion.
Myofascial techniques use motion and applied pressure to stretch the tissues, allowing specific areas to be targeted in very precise ways. Active motion (patient moves body part) is used whenever possible to give them a sense of control and maximize the range of motion.
The speed of the motion can be adjusted, as slow-motion is more tolerable. The pressure used on the different tissues is based on patient tolerance, making it a comfortable and effective treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions.