- Category: Lifestyle
- Written by Dr. Nekessa Remy
Did you know that more than 4 million Canadians visit a chiropractor each year? Chiropractic health care has become one of the most utilized types of alternative medicine in Canada, yet there is still much speculation and wariness regarding what chiropractic treatment entails. I wrote this article to provide some insight into why chiropractic utilization continues to increase as well as to help dispel some common myths.
Chiropractors are doctors whose purpose is to diagnose and treat mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system with the intention of affecting the nervous system and improving health. We are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional advice, and injury management strategies.
Why Should I Consider Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractors are experts in the treatment of neuro-musculo-skeletal injuries. Here’s what that means:
Neuro = nerves. As chiropractors we specialize in conditions involving the peripheral nervous system. This includes conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches.
Musculo = Muscles. We treat various muscle injuries including rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis, and muscle strains.
Skeletal = Skeletal system. We are trained to treat injuries that affect the bones and/or joints of the body. This includes common conditions such as arthritis, ankle and knee pain.
Do I need a prescription from my family doctor?
You do not need a medical prescription to visit a chiropractor. We are doctors and are able to diagnose conditions as well as design specific treatment plans to meet patient needs. Chiropractors must undergo university studies and then complete a rigorous four-year, full time education program and pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice in Canada.
What is an adjustment?
Chiropractors specialize in manual adjustments. An adjustment (also known as a manipulation) is a precise manual procedure applied to joints of the spine. An adjustment helps to restore normal joint functioning by increasing mobility, relieving pain and pressure, and reducing inflammation.
What are the benefits of Chiropractic care?
A chiropractors hand on approach to treatment helps your body function optimally. Here are some ways it can help you:
- Improve movement in the neck, back and shoulders
- Improve posture
- Relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Prevention of work-related and sports related injuries
- Motor Vehicle Accident rehabilitation
- Improved flexibility
- Correction of gait and foot problems
Is chiropractic treatment covered by insurance?
Yes! Most work health insurance plans include chiropractic benefits. You should consult your insurance company for specific details.
For more information regarding chiropractic care you can contact the Ontario Chiropractic Association, or visit their website at www.chiropractic.on.ca