Chiropractors assess, treat and educate patients about a wide variety of injuries and conditions related to acute or chronic dysfunction or trauma, or repetitive postural habits. The goal is to restore and maximize a pain-free lifestyle and improve and maintain the mobility and postural strength needed for a wide variety of activities.
Treatment plans depend on the individual, their injuries or conditions, and their goals. Every visit will have an emphasis on educating the patient what tissues and movements are irritated, damaged and why, and what activities in their daily lives can further these issues, and what exercises or movements can help heal and correct these issues. There are a number of treatment options available and the ones chosen will depend on the condition, the patient’s comfort and preference, and the doctor’s clinical opinion.
Treatments may include:
Chiropractic Adjustments: joint manipulation and mobilizations to restricted and sometimes painful joints including the feet, ankles, knees, hips, pelvis, spine, shoulders, elbows, and wrists! Adjustments can be provided in a number of ways for patient comfort and doctor preference, including drop-piece manipulations, traditional manual manipulation, and low impact instrument adjusting.
Soft Tissue Release: hands on or instrument assisted release techniques used to relax/release tight, sore, or restricted muscles and fascia, improve local blood flow and healing to damaged tissues, and regulate nervous system tone to hyperactive muscles.
Electro Acupuncture: traditional dry needling techniques used with the addition of small gentle electrodes to directly stimulate the peripheral nervous system for increased blood flow, improve motor function and nerve firing, acute and chronic pain relief locally and through the whole body. Practiced by following the highest regulated standards for practice, safety, and hygiene.
Exercise: corrective exercises and stretches given to give each patient the independence to help treat themselves by improving and maintaining the mobility gained from treatment in restricted joints and tissues and the strength needed to improve the stability needed for proper posture and movements in each patient’s life.
Education: the key to improving movement, posture, wellness and performance is gaining an understanding of what and why each patient is having the issues that they are. Educating each patient on what is involved with their condition, why this is happening, and what they can do to improve and limit reoccurrence is the most important aspect of a thorough, effective treatment plan.
Referrals are not needed for treatment. The presence of such a comprehensive multidisciplinary setting is optimal to ensure patient-centred care and cohesion in treatment provided by the most qualified professionals available.