What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is one of the largest health care professions in Canada, with approximately 4.5 million Canadians treated annually.  Chiropractic is a drug free, non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline, with expert knowledge in spinal health.  Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, nervous system and joints. Chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment for lower back pain, and many other spinal conditions.  Chiropractic care may also complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.   Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:

  • Back pain 
  • Neck pain 
  • Headache 
  • Whiplash 
  • Strains and sprains 
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI) 
  • Work and sports injuries 
  • Arthritis 
  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs 
  • General health and well-being

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states.   Patients rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.

Is your spine healthy?

Your spine functions like a protective barrier around your nervous system.  It also provides a stable framework from which a vast array of movement can be performed.  This complex system can endure through many challenges and will adapt to suit an individual’s daily activities.  Changes due to injuries and poor posture however, lead to less than optimal function.  Your spine needs proper upkeep and support to stave off the labours of everyday life.  Good spinal care can have dramatic effects on your body’s overall health and wellbeing.  Your Chiropractor is specifically trained in the treatment of spinal conditions.  Chiropractors also prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counselling, and recommend injury prevention strategies.  The following are some key areas where your chiropractor can help.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae (spinal bones) and other joints.  The chiropractic adjustment is a highly skilled and precise procedure, used to release tight or restricted joints, restore motion, and improve nerve function.  Proper function of the spinal joints can have a positive effect on the nervous system.  The spine carries and protects all the nerves that connect your brain to the rest of your body.  Therefore, maintaining proper spinal function can have far reaching effects on your overall health and wellbeing.

A chiropractor adapts the adjustment to meet the specific needs of each patient.   Many people will notice an improvement in their symptoms immediately after a treatment.   The chiropractor can also design a program that includes exercise/ nutritional advice to help support your spinal health and wellness.

Back pain is associated with tight or injured muscles.  What many people don’t realize is that spinal joints often play a very significant role in back pain.  Moreover, tight or restricted spinal joints can become very irritated and actually send signals to the surrounding muscles telling them to tighten.  In certain situations such as a disc herniation, inflamed spinal joints can place pressure on spinal nerves that in turn send pain signals to other areas of the body.  Releasing spinal joints and introducing proper motion can be an effective way of treating many spinal conditions.

Those with chronic degenerative spinal problems can often find relief with chiropractic care.  Chiropractic takes on a supportive role in this situation, in an effort to manage the problem and find symptomatic relief.

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Lakeridge Chiropractic

1291 King Street East
L1H 1J2


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