Chiropractic Medicine

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Conditions Treated by Chiropractors

The word ‘chiropractic’ derives from the Greek for ‘to perform with the hands.’ Using non-invasive, hands-on techniques to help restore proper alignment to the body’s musculoskeletal structure, a growing number of conditions and disorders are currently treated by chiropractors, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Slipped discs
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal degeneration
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Leg/foot/ankle joint problems
  • Elbow/wrist/hand joint problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma

When Should You See a Chiropractor?

Individuals experiencing the following symptoms and conditions often seek help at a chiropractic clinic:

  • Persistent lower back pain
  • Neck and shoulder strain
  • Chronic stress
  • Muscle tension
  • Poor posture
  • Sports injuries
  • Work accidents/injuries
  • Acute back pain resulting from moving/lifting heavy items
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Radiating pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Muscle spasms
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive stress injuries

Common Chiropractic Techniques

Goals of chiropractor treatments include improving joint function, alleviating muscle tension and pain, treating soft tissues, and restoring structural alignment. Common techniques used by a chiropractor include:

  • Chiropractic manipulations
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Non-manual therapies
  • Ice packs
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Electric stimulation
  • Rehabilitative/corrective exercises
  • Diet/weight loss counseling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Orthotic supports
  • Ergonomic/posture advice
  • Stress reduction recommendations
  • Guidance in proper execution of daily living activities
  • Self-care management advice

Chiropractic Profession Recognition

For years, the chiropractic profession had to fight for recognition as a legitimate health profession. Today, thanks to evidence-based research results providing sound scientific footing for its practices, chiropractic medicine has become increasingly accepted and popular, particularly in Canada, the United States, and Australia. To legally become a chiropractor one must receive accreditation. Chiropractor doctor accreditation is achieved by completing a 4-year undergraduate degree at a chiropractic college and registering with the General Chiropractic Council, where you can also get a complete list of registered chiropractors.