Chiropractic is a health care profession that employs a safe, natural, non-invasive, hands-on approach to disorders related to the spine, nervous system, and joints of the extremities.
Chiropractors offer joint mobilizations and manipulations to treat areas of decreased or dysfunctional movement with the goal of reducing pain, increasing joint function, and improving overall health. Chiropractors specialize in spine care, however they also learn how to diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
A manipulation (or an adjustment) is a highly-skilled and precise mechanical treatment that helps to restore movement back to normal. Often a “cracking” or “popping” sound is heard due to the change of pressure within the joint as a result of the adjustment.
An adjustment is a safe and effective mechanical treatment aimed to reduce pain, stiffness, and improve movement. Most patients experience immediate relief following treatment.
Chiropractors must complete a rigorous 4 year Doctor of Chiropractic degree after completing a postsecondary program. The Doctor of Chiropractic program includes an integrative curriculum specializing in clinical skills and decision making while also getting hands on experience through courses in chiropractic skills, diagnosis and symptomatology, orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging, as well as a 12 month internship