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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact healthcare professions in Ontario; it is a non-invasive, hands-on (Chiropractic is from the Greek “treatment by hand”) healthcare discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles, joints).  Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, and provide preventative care for a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions for not only the spine, but also the extremities (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and foot).

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Chiropractic Treatment
The Chiropractic Adjustment
The Chiropractic Adjustment (or Manipulation) is meant to increase mobility in the spine (or joints of the extremities), correct postural abnormalities, normalize the function of the nervous system, and enhance the body’s innate ability to heal itself.  The adjustment involves placing the joint in a specific position and applying a high velocity, low amplitude thrust.  Upon thrusting, you may hear a “popping” sound in the joint.  This is a normal response and represents the release of gas bubbles within the fluid of joints; however it is not a measurement of the effectiveness of the adjustment.


More Than an Adjustment

Dr. Cheryl incorporates several modalities to address the soft tissue dysfunction that accompanies many conditions, in addition to treating the joint dysfunction.  This may include Ultrasound and/or Electrical Muscle Stimulation; these modalities, used either in combination or isolation, are designed to reduce pain and inflammation, reduce scar tissue, and relax the muscle fibres.  Dr. Cheryl may also recommend other complementary techniques as part of your therapy, such as:

  • Acupuncture
  • Applied Kinesiology Techniques
  • Graston Technique
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Laser Therapy
  • Nutrition  

As healing progresses, therapeutic exercises are incorporated into the treatment regimen.  The goal of these exercises is not only to help restore full strength and function to the injured tissue, but also to help stabilize the area, and prevent re-injury.

For more information about Chiropractic, please visit:
Ontario Chiropractic Association
Canadian Chiropractic Association

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