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Chiropractic

Hammond Chiropractic

Chiropractic is the art and science of healing. It encompasses a range of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of back and neck pain, and associated disorders. Specifically, chiropractic is a health care profession that diagnoses, treats and helps prevent disorders and conditions related to the spine, nervous system and musculoskeletal system.

What do chiropractors do?

Doctors of Chiropractic are primary care health care professionals. Chiropractors believe in treating the whole individual, practicing without drugs or surgery. Central to treatment is the chiropractic adjustment, a gentle, directed pressure. Doctors of Chiropractic believe that dynamics exist between lifestyle, environment and health. In addition to clinical treatment, your chiropractor can be a good source of information related to nutrition, lifestyle and exercise.

A minimum of seven years of post-secondary education and specific training provide chiropractors with the appropriate skills to specialize in the understanding and treatment the spine and nervous system – the component bone structures, muscles and nerves. No referral is necessary to consult a chiropractor.

Chiropractic doctors specialize in the diagnosis and conservative treatment of disorders of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system or the nerves, muscles and joints of our body. Chiropractic treatment is drug- free, non-invasive and very often hands- on. In fact, the word chiropractic comes from ancient Greek and means done by hand. Although chiropractors are most known for treatment of back, head and neck pain, today’s chiropractors are well- trained to assess and manage problems with all regions of the body.

Over 4 million Canadians visit a chiropractor each year. There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care. Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful muscle, joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain a healthy spine and body.

Chiropractic Treatment

Hammond Chiropractic

The most common form of treatment used by a chiropractor is the manual manipulation of the joints of the body, specifically, of those of the spinal column. This procedure, often called a chiropractic adjustment is a precisely performed procedure where the doctor places a gentle force, usually by hand, to a specific joint of the body. The adjustment restores joint flexibility, optimizes function and decreases pain.

Chiropractors may also use soft tissue techniques to address the muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments of the body. They may employ adjunctive treatment measures such as acupuncture and various electro-modalities (such as interferentical current, or IFC, as well as TENS therapy) to decrease pain and improve the body’s own ability to heal. Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional and lifestyle counselling and recommend injury rehabilitation and prevention strategies.

The type of treatment you will receive depends on the condition being treated and your overall medical history. After fully assessing your symptoms, your chiropractor will tell you what, if any, form of chiropractic care is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

No. Just call our office to make an appointment, no referral is necessary for chiropractic care. If you are interested in massage therapy most insurance plans will need a medical referral. Check your insurance plan to be sure.

Does my insurance cover chiropractic?

Provincial health coverage does not cover chiropractic services, however, the majority of private health insurance plans do. The specific amount of coverage will vary depending on your plan, so check with your insurance carrier to know for sure.

Is chiropractic evidence-based?

Yes. Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science. Few other health care interventions have been assessed as extensively as chiropractic manipulation, both in terms of safety and effectiveness. There have been at least six formal government studies into chiropractic worldwide over the last 25 years and all have concluded that chiropractic care is safe, effective and cost-effective. In addition, there have been countless scientific clinical studies assessing chiropractic treatment that have also shown the vast benefits of chiropractic care.

Can chiropractic treatment cure colds, earaches and other ailments?

Chiropractic care cannot “cure” these conditions, but there is some evidence to indicate that adjustment may have a beneficial effect on a variety of conditions. Adjustment may alleviate some of the secondary, or referred pain, arising from the response of the musculoskeletal structures to the primary cause. For example, research conducted in Denmark resulted in chiropractic treatment being recommended for the relief of infantile colic. Similarly, a recent U.S. study concluded that the application of manipulative techniques in children with recurring ear infections can prevent or decrease surgical intervention or antibiotic overuse.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children may benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during four intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function.

Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound its exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. It is not painful. It is caused by the change of pressure within the joint resulting in gas bubbles being released.

Does a chiropractic adjustment hurt?

In the majority of cases an adjustment is painless. In fact, most patients will feel an immediate relief with an adjustment. In some cases – such as following a recent injury – the muscles and ligaments around the joint may be painful and inflamed. When this happens any pressure on the area will provide some discomfort, including an adjustment.

If the area is too tender or sensitive to tolerate the pressure from a chiropractic adjustment we will use other techniques such a gentle mobilizations or soft tissue therapies to help facilitate healing and de-sensitize the area so an adjustment will be more tolerable in subsequent visits.

Does chiropractic treatment require x-rays?

X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis. Following a full history and examination, your chiropractor will determine if x-rays are necessary for you. If you do require x-rays, your chiropractor will order them directly.

Do chiropractors refer patients to other doctors?

Yes, like medical doctors, chiropractors refer patients to other health professionals when needed. Chiropractors are well trained to recognize risk factors as well as individual disease patterns and will not hesitate to make a referral when it is in the best interest of the patients health.

The goal of your initial visit and examination is to determine what is causing your problem and ensure that you are a candidate for chiropractic care. If we feel that your condition is not a chiropractic case, or would be better treated by a medical doctor or other healthcare provider, you will be referred accordingly.

Common Conditions

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Arthritis
  • Whiplash and car accidents
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Tendonitis (tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow)
  • Nerve entrapment syndromes
  • Carpal tunnel, sciatica
  • Sports Injuries
  • Work Injuries
  • Restricted movement in the back, neck, shoulders or limbs
  • Temperomandibular joint (TMJ) pain