Millions of people today are seeking chiropractic services as an alternative treatment. According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, there are over 8400 recognized chiropractors in Canada. The number is even higher in other countries worldwide. It shows the popularity with which it is becoming common in the medical field unlike in the past. Every licensed chiropractor in Canada has undergone a series of medical evaluation tests that test academic competence in not only the field but also the required practical skills to excel in it. But what is a chiropractor? What does the profession entail?
A chiropractor is a health care practitioner who has specialized in the study and treatment of neuromuscular malfunctions or diseases by manual manipulation of the spine. Vertebral subluxation, the technical term for misalignments in the spine, interfere with the normal functioning of the central nervous system. This can lead to joint inflammations amongst other related problems in the body.
In simple terms, a chiropractor is a spine expert. Many are after pain reduction and improved body functioning of their patients. It can be applied to any age bracket including children. Common problems such as low back pain, chronic disease signs, and organ malfunctions can be solved through the neurological influence of a chiropractic adjustment procedure. Many chiropractors in Canada are musculoskeletal (MSK) professionals that focus on the examination and treatment of biomedical dysfunctions emanating from skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems in the body.
With the profession focusing on two main areas in the body-spine and the nervous system, chiropractors are guided by two essential philosophies:
- Manual adjustment of the spine has a direct influence on the functionality of the nervous system.
- This structural derangement can restore the normal mobility of the spine if done right. In the long-run, it can consistently improve the health of a patient by restoring altered reflexes.
Chiropractic treatment is at times used as a complementary procedure to conventional medical treatments. The primary focus areas for this procedure include joints, connective tissues, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons.
Typical Chiropractic procedure
A typical procedure involves a split-second force exerted on the vertebra followed by joint cavitation that result in the emission of three gases-nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen. The release of these gases leads to the release of joint pressure. The overall effect is a relieving sensation and comfort. The best results occur in situations where the patient is completely relaxed. If not, application of ice, massage or electrical stimulation is necessary to induce relaxation.
Consider visiting a chiropractor if you have any of the following diseases or symptoms;
- Heart problems
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Acid reflux
- Bell’s palsy
- Frozen shoulder
- Musculoskeletal injury
The above list doesn’t cover all conditions that can be addressed by chipopractors, are many other symptoms the procedure can treat.