Chiropractic Care

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CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries relating to the musculoskeletal system. At ACHC, chiropractic care involves an integrated treatment approach that combines a variety of manual techniques to address painful structures and correct the abnormal movement patterns that have led to your condition or injury.

Through an individualized treatment program and chiropractic methods designed to meet your specific needs, symptom relief, pain management, performance enhancement and injury prevention is achievable for you.

HOW IT HELPS:

Spinal manipulation, also known as an adjustment or joint manipulation, is what most people consider chiropractic to be. An adjustment has multiple effects on the joints and surrounding areas. For example, one of the most powerful effects of an adjustment is its ability to decrease pain. When something hurts, the pain receptors in our nervous system can become very excited and more sensitive than usual. An adjustment has been shown to decrease this hypersensitivity of the pain receptors, which can result in decreased pain.

Think of it as if someone were to hit you in the shoulder and you instinctively rub that area to make it feel better. An adjustment has that effect but longer lasting. An adjustment also improves joint motion. Over time, if we do not use the full range of motion of our joints, we develop movement compensations and tightness of the tissues around a joint, causing poor joint motion. An adjustment improves the range of motion of the joint and causes relaxation of the muscles around the joint.

What can you expect from your first visit?

Dr. Sly and Dr. Knapp are highly trained to detect areas of the spine, pelvis, and other joints throughout the body, which are not moving properly. A physical exam, comprehensive health history, a gait analysis, and possible x-rays are all part of the initial chiropractic examination.

Once you have been thoroughly examined, and a diagnosis has been reached, the doctor will explain the diagnosis to you, and recommend a range of modern techniques including the most effective means of treating both acute and chronic impairments.

Other techniques often partnered with an adjustment, or used as stand-alone treatment are:

  • Acupuncture
  • Active Release Technique (A.R.T.)
  • Electrical muscle stimulation/Interferential current (IFC)
  • Ultrasound
  • Tendonitis
  • Instruction for you on how to perform stretches and/or exercise properly between visits to get you and keep you moving properly!
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What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario. Other examples are dentistry, medicine, optometry and psychology. These five professions are the only ones licensed to formulate and communicate a diagnosis and to use the title “Doctor”.


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