One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. Chiropractors 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, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling. For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
The Chiropractic Adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure that is designed to restore motion to a restricted joint in the body. The joints in the spine, as well as a number of other joints in the body, such as the ankle and wrist can be adjusted. The main goal of the adjustment is to decrease pain, restore joint motion and optimize function. This is accomplished by improving the movement of the joint and supporting tissues, as well as by decreasing muscle tightness or spasm.