Chiropractic care is a regulated health care profession which focuses on the spine, muscles, joints, and nervous system. Chiropractors provide care through evidence and clinical expertise to diagnosis and treat issues that limit your body's movements.
Chiropractors utilize a patient-centered approach to providing care through non-invasive manual therapies. This includes:
Spinal manipulation/adjustments: One of the most frequent treatments a chiropractor uses is manual manipulation of the vertebrae of your spine or other joints, which is called an ‘adjustment.’ To perform an adjustment, your chiropractor will use their hands to apply controlled force to your joint and guide it through a range of motion. This action restores your joint’s natural function.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): a manual technique using medically designed stainless steel tools to treat injured areas with the purposes of breaking up scar tissue and fascial restrictions to promote blood flow, mobility and healing.
Soft Tissue Therapy (STT): a manual technique which involves finding taut bands of musculature and using a combination of pressure and active stretching of the muscle for the purpose of loosening the tissues and allowing for free and painless movement.
External modalities to regulate pain or inflammation and speed up tissue healing: ultrasound therapy, interferential current therapy (IFC).
Examples of common musculoskeletal conditions treated by chiropractors:
TMJ (jaw) pain/dysfunction, Headaches, Whip-lash injuries, Neck and back pain, Rotator cuff (shoulder) injuries, Tennis/Golfer's elbow, Muscle strains/joint sprains, Tendinitis/plantar fasciitis, Pain associated with arthritis, Meniscal or ligament injuries of the knee, Disc herniations, Sciatica, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Thoracic outlet syndrome, Motor vehicle accident, workplace, or sports injuries
The philosophies of acupuncture originate from traditional Chinese medicine.
Contemporary acupuncture is a commonly used technique used among manual practitioners which involves inserting thin and sterile needles into various structures in the body
(ie. muscles, joints, ligaments). The number, depth, and duration of needle insertion varies depending on the condition being treated.
The main objective of acupuncture is to reduce pain signals, decrease muscle tension, increase blood circulation, calm the nervous system, and promote healing in acute or chronic disorders. It is often used as a gentle alternative to hands-on treatment.
Sports or Kinesiology Taping
Sports or kinesiology tape is semi-rigid tape typically composed of cotton, nylon, and a non-irritating adhesive. It is designed to be water and sweat resistant in order to be used for various purposes in sports and everyday activities. Sports tape is designed to mimic the skin’s elasticity and creates microscope space between the skin and underlying tissues (sensory or pain receptors, connective tissue, muscle, fascia). It is often used to increase joint proprioception, decrease swelling and pain, increase lymphatic flow, and provide extra support for injured tissues.
Patients are provided individualized at-home exercise programs using Physitrack to help restore tissue or joint function, develop mobility, strengthen muscle groups, and perform their activities of daily living or sport. It is critical to injury recovery, prevention, and building independence.
Custom Foot Orthotics
Custom-made foot orthotics provide proper support and alignment of the feet which allows the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments to work more efficiently, relieve pain and prevent injuries. It can also help people who suffer from back pain, pain in hips and knees and people dealing with work or sport related injuries. Our chiropractor can assess your feet and gait pattern, scan your arches, and recommend the best orthotic type for you. The digital scan is then sent to an affiliate orthotics manufacturer and custom made to your feet. Check with your insurance company to see if orthotics are covered under your policy or benefits.
Compression socks/stockings are often worn for comfort, in sports, or preventatively to reduce certain medical conditions (ie. deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, spider veins, and more). They can help improve blood flow from the lower extremity to reduce leg pain, fatigue, cramping, or swelling. Typically, they provide gradual compression upwards starting from the ankles to the knees or thighs. They vary in compression strengths (mmHg), sizes, and styles. Speak to your healthcare provider for custom measurements and recommendations!