Doctors of chiropractic diagnose, treat and help prevent conditions and disorders related to the back, neck, pelvis, extremity joints and the effect they have on the nervous system.
The main form of treatment chiropractors deliver is called an adjustment – a non-invasive procedure consisting of a precise directed movement to help relieve pain and discomfort, and restore range of motion.
A chiropractor does not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, but may make a referral to medical specialists for such treatment when appropriate.
In addition to adjustments, chiropractors also counsel patients regarding nutrition, lifestyle and exercise.
Why would you see a chiropractor?
People see a chiropractor for:
- Back and neck pain
- Pre and post natal concerns
- Headaches, including migraines
- Whiplash and car accident injuries
- Strains and sprains from day-to-day tasks to sports injuries
- Workplace injuries (see our WCB information)
- Preventative measures
- General health and well-being
In the Consumer Reports 2009 Survey: Chiropractic received top marks as the most satisfying treatment for back pain.
Safety and Research
More than 25 years of research about the safety and efficacy of chiropractic treatment prove that chiropractic is effective and beneficial to patients for the treatment of back and neck related conditions.
Because chiropractic is non-invasive, the risk of a serious adverse effect is extremely low. While most people feel a sense of relief, it is possible that following a chiropractic treatment you may experience mild soreness that should go away quickly. Before you have a chiropractic treatment, ask to discuss any concerns you have with your chiropractor. If you have any lasting effects or concerns, talk to your chiropractor.
Chiropractic is a health discipline firmly grounded in science and endorsed by research. Researchers, both within and outside the chiropractic profession, are actively involved in studying the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment.
The growing body of evidence continues to prove the value of chiropractic with consistently high marks for clinical effectiveness, cost efficiency and patient satisfaction.