Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners who apply a holistic approach by addressing the patient as a whole. Chiropractors utilize a non-invasive and hands-on approach to health care that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, muscles, joints and nerves of the body.
You should consider seeing a Chiropractor if you have pain that isn't resolving on its own. Many injuries and aches and pains that come on will resolve within a week or so. However, if you have pain that is making it hard to do your regular activities, or is lasting past a week, you may want to seek care from a Chiropractor or other healthcare provider.
Chiropractors treat a wide array of conditions and injuries affecting the muscles, joints and nerves of the body. Conditions include:
Your first visit to a Chiropractor will be approximately 45 minutes long. It is helpful to arrive about 10-15 minutes before your first appointment in order to complete the necessary paperwork. Your initial appointment will include a comprehensive history and thorough examination to confirm the cause of your problem, and to ensure all contributing factors are addressed. Following your examination, your Chiropractor will discuss the assessment findings with you and will provide a treatment plan customized to your specific needs. Treatment plans are comprehensive and individualized and may consist of a therapeutic exercise plan and education in addition to soft tissue therapy and chiropractic manipulation. On most occasions, patients receive treatment on their first visit.
Shockwave therapy is a modality used by Chiropractors and Physiotherapists. Using a much lower energy than in medical applications, shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, primarily those involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
Shockwave therapy offers physiotherapists another tool for stubborn, chronic tendinopathy. Shockwave therapy is most suited for people who have chronic tendinopathies (commonly referred to as tendinitis) which haven't responded to other treatment, these include: tennis elbow, achilles, rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These could be as a result of sports injury, overuse or repetitive strain.
Shockwave treatment is usually done once a week for 3-6 weeks. The treatment itself can cause mild discomfort, but it only last 4-5 minutes, and the intensity can be adjusted to keep it comfortable.
Shockwave therapy has shown to effectively treat the following conditions:
Some of the benefits of shockwave therapy treatment:
After the treatment, you may experience temporary soreness, tenderness or swelling for a few days following the procedure, as the shockwaves stimulate an inflammatory response.
No referral is necessary. In Canada, Chiropractors are legislated as primary health care professionals and are regulated by provincial statute. Therefore, you can consult Chiropractors directly without requiring a referral from your medical doctor.
A low-amplitude high-velocity impulse is directed through a restricted joint. This helps to decrease pain and stiffness and often provides a sense of relief.
Helps bring personalized care to patients of all lifestyles, by improving their function, easing pain, and helping correct biomechanics.
Specific exercises that promote recovery. Useful for recreational injuries to everyday aches and pains. Offering sports specific as well as pre and post-operative care.
Soft tissue technique to help decrease pain and manage muscle tension.
Joint mobilizations help to restore functional range of motion.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy is a technique, using ergonomically designed instruments, that detects and treats fascial restrictions. The friction on the tissues is used to effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, inflammation, and degradation.
Shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, primarily those involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons, when pain persists.