Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and hands-on complementary and alternative medicine that is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system (i.e. joints and muscles of the spine and extremities).
Chiropractors are regulated primary health care professionals who have exceptional diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counselling.
In a specific and individualized treatment plan tailored to the goals of the patient, chiropractors may use a combination of manual therapy, modality usage (i.e. acupuncture, ultrasound etc.), and rehabilitative and corrective exercises. Manual therapy techniques could include but are not limited to joint manipulation, joint mobilization, and soft tissue therapy
At Joint Reaction Health Center, your chiropractor will perform an initial examination to determine the proper treatment plan suited for you. This is done through a thorough history and physical examination, and possibly the useof further imaging such as referral for an x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, or MRI if needed.
What are common ailments chiropractors can treat?
These include but are not limited to:
What are the benefits of chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive, drug free approach to healing, and can lead to the following:
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment manual technique in which your chiropractor will apply a very quick thrust into an area of the body which has poor/restricted joint movement, to achieve increased joint movement and ultimately better range of motion and decreased pain levels. Ultimately, an adjustment focuses on restoring proper joint mobility to allow you to move and feel better! An adjustment is the same as saying joint manipulation, in a different term.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed or is not wanted.
At Joint Reaction Health Center our professionals are skilled in the art of acupuncture and this may be incorporated into your overall treatment plan to ensure that you attain your ultimate goal of wellness, health and optimal functioning. Unlike some other clinics this technique is included in your regular physiotherapy visit at no additional costs if the therapist deems it to be beneficial to your attaining optimal health.
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Dry Needling (also known as Intramuscular Stimulation or IMS) involves multiple advances of an acupuncture needle into the muscle in the region of a "Trigger Point". The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects. This technique is unequalled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits. The needle used is very thin and most subjects do not even feel it penetrate the skin. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp -'the twitch response'. The member also may feel a reproduction of "their" pain which is a helpful diagnostic indicator for the practitioner attempting to diagnose the cause of the member's symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognise and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length and function to the involved muscle.
At Joint Reaction Health Center, your chiropractor will focus on listening and understanding you as an individual, and will tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs and goals.