Chiropractic is a natural, gentle, drug-free healing art that recognizes the body's self-healing abilities.
Chiropractors specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the spine, joints and muscles predominantly by means of treatment by hand.
On a client's first full visit, the chiropractor will take a through case history and carry out a full neurological and orthopedic examination. X-rays, MRI or further tests may also be taken when clinically relevant.
Once these examinations are complete, the chiropractor carries out detailed analysis of how the individual bones, joints and muscles move, to identify the specific problem.
Treatment may consist of gentle unlocking the stiff joints with skilled manipulation by hand, known as an 'adjustment'.
There are many chiropractic adjustment techniques. Quick, comfortable adjustments are used with just the right amount of pressure to restore proper function and mobility to joints.
Treatment does not exclusively involve an 'adjustment'. Depending on presenting complaints, a balance of other treatments include, trigger point therapy, massage, dry needling, stretching, postural, ergonomic and exercise therapy as well as other electro therapeutic modalities to restore normal function. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or use surgical procedures.
Depending on where any nerve irritation, muscular or ligamentous strain or sprain has occurred in your spine and/or periphery, symptoms may include but are not limited to the following: Headache or migraine, Neck pain, Back pain, Chest or abdominal pain, Shoulder, arm, wrist and hand pain, Leg, knee, ankle and foot pain.
Chiropractic Kinesiologists look at the structural, nutritional, emotional, and energetic/meridian imbalances by using keen clinical observation, clinical history, and specific muscle testing. The lymphatic, vascular, acupuncture meridians, cranial, biochemical, muscular, endocrine, and nervous systems are commonly addressed while also looking at environmental factors pertinent to the client. It is a holistic body-mind therapy, and relies on reflexes called "muscle tests" to uncover the underlying issues—mental, emotional and physical.
The imbalances can be resolved through a myriad of options including spinal adjustments, cranial manipulation, jaw rebalancing, acupressure, pelvic blocking, emotional release, counselling, and specific nutritional recommendations. Restoring the balance often allows the innate healing mechanism of the body to overcome many "dis-ease" states.