What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to help maintain and restore optimal function to the joints and surrounding tissues of the body.
“Doctors of chiropractic are extensively educated to diagnose, treat and help prevent musculoskeletal (bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints and connective tissues) conditions and disorders and the effect they have on the nervous system.”
Chiropractic therapy is built on a foundation that respects the body’s natural ability to heal. Using a hands-on approach, Chiropractors can employ a variety of manual therapies to help patients to resolve pain and restore range of motion from an injury.
Education and Training:
Doctors of Chiropractic complete a minimum of 7-8 years of accredited post-secondary education, which includes a four-year, chiropractic-specific program. Within this time, chiropractors will accumulate 4,500 classroom hours in subjects including, but not limited to, anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, radiology and joint adjusting techniques.
To practice in Alberta, chiropractors must pass stringent national competency exams and maintain ongoing professional competency, as approved by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors.
Chiropractic Services include:
The main form of treatment chiropractors deliver is called an adjustment – a safe and non-invasive procedure that aims to restore mobility to joints that aren’t moving properly. There are many techniques that can be used to help restore proper movement. Depending on patient preference, the adjustment can come in many forms, either through specific manual adjustments and mobilizations or using an instrument that provides a gentle, low-force thrust.
Soft Tissue Therapy:
Myofascial release techniques aim to release muscular shortness and tightness, so to restore range of motion and function to the body. Through the application of movement-based soft tissue therapies, including Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique, soft tissue injuries are effectively addressed and resolved. These therapies focus on applying adequate tension on the muscle tissue, while moving it through its desired range of motion. This process helps to release scar tissue, excessive pressure on nerves and increase oxygen and blood flow to the tissue. These techniques can be used to help many conditions that include chronic neck and back pain, headaches, whiplash, repetitive strain injuries (tennis elbow, IT Band syndrome, shin splints, plantar fasciitis), sciatica and rotator cuff injuries.
In order to get you back to moving and feeling at your best, rehabilitative exercises may be recommended to help correct any movement imbalances. Whether you are trying to recover from a specific injury or attain a certain fitness goal, a program can be modified to fit your needs. A Chiropractor is well trained to assess and prescribe appropriate stretches or strengthening exercises, and ensure proper form is maintained.
As part of a well-rounded treatment plan, exercise therapy is one of the most important aspects to help speed up recovery time and prevent further injury.
A custom orthotic is a device that is designed to properly align the foot and ankle, providing the most efficient anatomical position. They are like insoles, but are biomechanical appliances that are individually measured and fitted to help correct imbalances. Custom orthotics reduce stress and strain on the feet, much like glasses can help correct eyesight. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by controlling for improper motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics can be helpful for a variety of conditions including plantar fasciitis, bunions/hammer toes, IT Band Syndrome, hip and low back pain.
The Orthotic Group:
Our custom orthotics are sourced from one the leading orthotic labs in Canada, The Orthotic Group. A multitude of options are available to ensure clients can find the most effective and comfortable product tailored for their needs. The Orthotic Group also conveniently offers the Total Orthotic Coverage extended warranty program with children’s outgrowth and loss replacement benefits.
Who Can Benefit from Chiropractic?
- Back and neck pain
- Shoulder pain/ frozen shoulder
- Headaches, including migraines
- TMJ pain
- Whiplash, and car accident injuries
- Repetitive Strain injuries ie. carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, shin splints, IT band syndrome and plantar fasciitis
- Ankle/ foot pain
- Wrist/ hand pain
- General health and well-being