What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Saskatchewan. It is a non-invasive, hands-on health care profession that functions to diagnose, treat & help prevent disorders & conditions related to the spine, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system.
Doctors of Chiropractic use a combination of treatments which are determined by the needs of the individual patient. After taking a history, performing a physical examination and rendering a diagnosis, the chiropractor will develop a comprehensive treatment plan and recommend any beneficial rehabilitative exercises and/or stretching. Further, they may provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling if warranted.
A chiropractor will not prescribe drugs, but in certain circumstances they may refer to a medical specialist for such treatment.
Conditions chiropractic care can help:
Chiropractic can help alleviate conditions and pains in any nerve, muscle, or joint in your body. Some examples include:
Low Back Pain:
Muscular sprains & strains
Spinal (functional) instability
Rib Pain (anterior and posterior)
Postural dysfunction & related pain
Stress-related muscle tension
Stress-related muscle tension
Muscular sprains & strains
Whiplash associated disorders
Headaches (including migraines)
Muscular sprains & strains
“Snapping” hip syndrome
Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome
Patellofemoral pain syndrome
Fat pad syndrome
Shoulder Pain, examples include:
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Falls on an outstretched hand
AC joint sprains
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Nerve Entrapments & Related Numbness & Tingling
TMJ Dysfunction (Jaw Pain)
Pre/Postnatal Related Pain
Whiplash & Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
…any neuromusculoskeletal condition!
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
If you are new to Chiropractic care, we understand that you might have some questions. We are confident that we have the answers to your inquiries.
Below are the answers to the questions that are most commonly asked about chiropractic treatment. Should you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.
Question: Who can see a chiropractor?
Answer: Anybody can see a chiropractor. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health providers and as such do not require a referral from a medical physician.
People who suffer from workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, pregnancy-related pain and stress-related ailments seek chiropractic care for pain relief. Chiropractors work to alleviate pain and discomfort as well as restore range of motion and strength that can happen when one is injured. Once patients are feeling better, many continue to see their chiropractor occasionally to help prevent further injury and treat everyday stress-related ailments.
Question: Is Chiropractic effective?
Answer: Scientific evidence proving that chiropractic care works and is safe and effective is compelling. In any controlled and independent research studies have shown repeatedly that chiropractic care is safe and effective for treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions related to the spine. Based on these scientific studies, chiropractic care should be the treatment of choice for most spinal problems.
Question: Why should I see a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Answer: From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, children to seniors, chiropractic care has been the answer to improved health. Many people see a Doctor of Chiropractic for back, neck or joint problems, while others may seek relief from the pain caused by headaches. Still others find that regular visits to their chiropractor help keep them in peak condition for sports and other activities.
Question: What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a non-invasive highly skilled procedure consisting of a gentle, controlled and directed movement to help relieve pain and discomfort by restoring normal range of motion to a specified joint. Chiropractic adjustments have been extensively researched and proven to increase motion, coordination and circulation, as well as reduce swelling, muscle spasm and pain.
When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble often escapes from the joint capsule causing the popping sound that you may have heard about.
Complications are quite rare and side effects are usually minor (i.e. temporary soreness). Your chiropractor is well trained to determine if your complaint will respond to chiropractic care or if an outside referral is warranted.
Question: What can I expect when I go to a chiropractor?
Answer: As a licensed practitioner, your chiropractor will do the following:
A thorough review of your specific problem , including relevant past history and overall health.
Physical tests movement analysis, palpation to help identify the problem.
Provide a diagnosis to make certain choices clear. If it is not a chiropractic problem, a suitable referral is done. If it is, a plan of treatment is communicated.
Provide a prognosis taking into account your general health habits, occupation, stress and activity levels.
Monitor your response to treatment for your specific condition, as well as for changes in your overall health. Utilization of exercise, along with nutrition and lifestyle modifications may be suggested to improve your overall well being and promote active, patient-centered care.
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients considering the physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and restoring function.
Question: Is every patient's treatment the same?
Answer: The treatment a patient receives is related to the specific condition diagnosed by the chiropractor, and will vary from person to person depending on each persons unique situation.
Question: Is Chiropractic treatment ongoing?
Answer: The hands-on nature of chiropractic treatment is essentially what sends patients back to the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor a patient needs to be in his or her office. A chiropractor may provide acute, preventative and/or maintenance care thus making a certain number of visits necessary.
Question: Is a neck adjustment safe?
Answer: There are reported cases of stroke associated with visits to medical doctors and chiropractors. Research and scientific evidence does not establish a cause and effect relationship between chiropractic treatment and the accurrence of stroke rather, recent studies indicate that patients may be consulting medical doctors and chiropractors when they are in the early stages of a stroke. In essence, there is a stroke already in process. However, you are being informed of this reported association because a stroke may cause serious neurological impariment or even death. The possibility of such injuries occurring in association with upper cervical adjustment is extremely remote.
Question: What are the risks of chiropractic care?
Answer: While rare, some patients may experience short term aggravation of symptoms or muscle and ligament strains or sprains as a result of manual therapy techniques. Although uncommon, rib fractures have also been known to occur following certain manual therapy procedures.
There are rare reported cases of disc injuries identified following cervical and lumbar spinal adjustments, although no scientific evidence has determined such injuries are caused, or may be caused, by spinal adjustments or other chiropractic treatments.
There are infrequent reported cases of burns or skin irritation in association with the use of some types of electrical therapy offered by some doctors of chiropractic.
Question: How long do chiropractors go to school?
Answer: Your chiropractor is a primary contact provider just like your family physician, optometrist or dentist. You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to see a chiropractor. Today's graduating Doctors of Chiropractic have studied and trained in a college or university for at least seven years. Just like medical or dental students, they must first complete undergraduate study before applying for admission to a chiropractic college. Becoming a chiropractor requires a minimum of 4,500 hours of intense academic study including classroom instruction, clinical science and internship. During the course of their training, he/she will have studied the following three areas:
Basic sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, clinical sciences and X-ray diagnosis;
Specialized training in the science and art of chiropractic;
Clinical internship with an emphasis on hands-on practice.
Question: What if I've been injured in a car accident or on the job?
Answer: It is important that you consult with your family chiropractor as soon as possible regarding treatment for your injuries. The longer you wait, the longer it can take for treatment and recovery time. Remember, no referral is necessary from your family physician. Please call in advance of booking an appointment so we can get approval from SGI and or WCB. This is required to start treatment.