Chiropractic Care: Out With The Old; In With The New
By: Dr. Patti Farrell, BA (Hons), DC
Medical Acupuncture Provider
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is one of the largest primary care professions in Ontario. The word ‘chiropractic’ comes from the Greek words ‘cheir’ and ‘praktos’, which translates to ‘Done by Hand’. It is an evidence-based, non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors practice primarily using our hands, providing diagnosis, treatment, and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system, and joints. It is a regulated health profession, and nearly 2.7 million individuals in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live a happy, active life.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A manipulation/adjustment is a low amplitude, high velocity thrust applied to a joint of the spine or extremity that is not moving properly. The aim of an adjustment is to reduce stiffness in the joints and the surrounding musculature. The ‘crack’ one hears is a release of pressure/gas in the joint as more space is created for movement.
Old vs. New Chiropractic Care
A Typical Chiropractic Visit at Leaps & Bounds
Thorough patient history
Provide the patient with a diagnosis or clinical impression for their condition
Discussion of treatment options unique to the patients condition
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Chiropractic care and the risk of vertebrobasilar stroke: results of a case-control study in U.S. commercial and Medicare Advantage populations. Kosloff, Thomas M; Elton, David; Tao, Jiang & Bannister, Wade M Chiropractic & manual therapies 2015