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What is Chiropractic?

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

How are chiropractors trained?

In Canada, chiropractors are required to complete a minimum of three years of university, followed by four years at an accredited chiropractic college. A chiropractic student receives over 4500 hours of education, much of it in supervised clinical practice. Once students have completed their education, they must pass both a provincial and national set of exams to earn the right to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).

Do you need a chiropractor?

Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their lives. For many people the pain can keep them from work, school, chiropractic_1or from keeping up with their busy lives. Early treatment from a chiropractor can help get you back on your feet.

Your spine is one of the strongest parts of your body, but because it carries so much weight, it is also susceptible to injury. Accidents, stress, work, poor posture, sports, or sprains can all cause back problems. When you injure your back, the pain can appear in other areas. Simple things like walking become painful with back injuries, and the changes we make in posture and stride can lead to pain in our hips, knees, and feet.

Here are some symptoms of a back problem:

  • Leg pain with numbness, tingling, and/or weakness
  • Back or leg pain when coughing or sneezing
  • Difficulty standing up after sitting for any period of time
  • Stiffness in the morning that decreases once you move around
  • Pain in your hip, buttock, thigh, knee, or foot
  • Inability to turn or bend to each side equally
  • Unbalanced posture, when your head, neck, or shoulder may be higher on one side than the other
  • Pain which prevents you from sleeping well
  • Pain that persists or worsens after 48 hours

Back pain will often go away on its own, after 2 to six months. However, left untreated, there is an 80% chance that your back pain will recur. Why suffer needlessly, or take the chance that the pain will come back?

One of the reasons back pain is so common is that it can be caused by so many different things:

  • Work-related injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Car accidents
  • Improper lifting

Any of these things can cause your spine to shift from its normal position or affect your range of motion. This results in pressure on the joints, muscles, and nerves in that area.

It’s simple, and it works.

How does chiropractic work?

The bones in your back, called the vertebrae, are connected by cartilage and work together in a very specific way. When everything is working well, your spine is in-line, strong flexible. The stress of daily living, injuries, or accidents can cause the bones in the spine to shift out of their proper alignment or affect your range of motion. Small changes in the alignment of your spine can cause pain by putting pressure on the different joints, muscles, and nerves along your spinal column.

Chiropractors understand how to relieve this pain. They are specially trained to find the source of your back pain, assess the problem, and make the proper adjustments that allow your spine to work properly again.

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 problem area of your spine. This pressure momentarily separates the joints, allowing a gas bubble to escape (this is the popping sound or cracking noise you might have heard about). This relieves the pressure on the joint and surrounding nerves, and most importantly, allows your spine to return to its proper position. The adjustment is not painful, and often provides immediate relief of your back pain.

How often do I need to see a chiropractor?

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A common question is how long chiropractic treatment should continue. Your Physical Therapy One chiropractor will discuss the need for ongoing care with you, and it will depend on your specific back problem. For some people chiropractic treatment is like a regular tune-up for their back, to help deal with the daily wear and tear of life. For others, it’s simply an effective treatment when back pain strikes. Take the time to discuss with your chiropractor the level of care that’s best for you. Chiropractors provide three different levels of care.

Relief care is provided for immediate pain and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age and physical condition, one visit, or several visits over a short period of time may be necessary.

Corrective care treats long term spinal problems. Because these problems have existed for some time they require a longer, more complex period of care, which may include a customized exercise program.

Supportive or maintenance care helps to maintain and enjoy the benefits you’ve achieved from relief and corrective care. Continuing to work with your chiropractor and having adjustments once in a while will keep your spine as healthy as possible.

Every individual is different, and your Physical Therapy One chiropractor will recommend a course of care that is right for you. If chiropractic care is not the best solution for you, your chiropractor will make an appropriate referral.

What to expect on the first visit

Chiropractors may be treating your back pain, but they are very concerned about the role your back plays in your overall health. Your chiropractor needs a complete picture of your health in order to provide the best possible treatment for you as an individual. Plan to spend up to one hour on your first visit to Physical Therapy One.

Here’s what you might expect.

The chiropractor may ask about the following:
  • Personal and family medical history
  • Major illnesses you have experienced
  • Surgeries or operations you have had
  • Medications you might be taking
  • Your diet and exercise
  • Your work and leisure activities
  • Your sleeping habits

TIP : Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to the chiropractor!

The chiropractor may perform some of these tests :
  • A check of your reflexes
  • A test of your muscle strength, flexibility, and coordination
  • Analysis of your posture
  • Analysis of your movement (like observing how you walk or lift things)

TIP : Bring a copy of any x-rays you might have.

These assessments give the chiropractor a better picture of your complete health. If your chiropractor diagnoses a problem better treated by another health care professional, he or she will make an appropriate referral. Otherwise, your chiropractor will focus on the specific cause of your back pain.

This usually involves :
  • listening to you describe your pain and symptoms
  • using his or her hands to locate the exact problem in your back
  • testing how far you can move in the problem area
  • determining if other parts of your back or body are affected by the problem (for example, pain in our back can change the way we walk or sit, and this may result in pain in completely different parts of our body like our hips or knees)