1. What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health discipline that aims to diagnose, treat, and prevent neuro-musculoskeletal nature conditions through vertebral and joint adjustments. A chiropractic adjustment, practised mainly with the hands, is used to eliminate interference from the nervous system and restore the optimal functioning of the human body’s physiology, thus relying on its inherent ability to maintain health without medication or surgery (homeostasis). Chiropractic “focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function as coordinated by the nervous system.
2. Is chiropractic effective?
Yes, chiropractic has become the world’s leading health care profession since its inception over a hundred years ago. This popularity is due to its effectiveness and the results observed by patients. Numerous studies have demonstrated chiropractic care’s superiority over other treatments for neuromuscular problems such as back pain, cervical and headache, migraine, infant colic, otitis, etc.
It is to be noted that chiropractic is a:
– manual health care among the first in the world!
– health profession very well represented in the USA and Canada.
3. What are the therapeutic indications of chiropractic?
The objective of chiropractic care is to allow the nervous system’s optimal functioning by correcting vertebral subluxations (common joint blockages and nervous irritations). Chiropractic care is effective for many physiological problems (apart from certain pathologies) in children and adults (lumbago, sciatica, hyperactivity, infant colic, painful menstruation, headache, migraine, etc.). You can find some of them on the “therapeutic indications” page.
4. What is the difference between chiropractors and other health care professionals?
Chiropractic is a natural health profession that does not use medication or surgery. Chiropractors are first-contact health professionals, i.e. they establish a diagnosis and then treat or refer to another specialist.
5. My doctor tells me that it is dangerous to be manipulated. What do you think?
He is right! More and more physiotherapists are trying to manipulate, and unfortunately, they only have weekend training. That’s why you should avoid manipulation and go and see a Chiropractor. The chiropractor has a doctorate of about 6500 hours of study. If your case requires it, he will give you an “adjustment” (a specific chiropractic technique that does not present the danger of manipulations.
6. How can I make sure that my back doesn’t hurt anymore?
The answer is straightforward: Except in the case of an accident, the pain occurs long after the subluxation (neuroarticular aberration) has appeared. It is therefore sufficient to consult your chiropractor regularly (without having pain). Most of the time, he will find and correct the subluxations before they cause you pain.
7. Can we take a child to the chiro?
Not only is it possible, but it is strongly recommended: children play, heckle and fall more often than adults. Therefore they certainly need chiropractic care at least as much as they do. On the other hand, the earlier a subluxation is treated, the lower the risk of chronic problems (as seen in adults who have never had an adjustment). A child can be adjusted from birth and the techniques used are very different. The little finger is used, and very gentle pressure is applied: no creaking or rapid movements. There are many reasons to have your child followed in chiropractic:
- Reduction of colic.
- A decrease in ear infections.
- Difficulty walking.
- Difficulty latching on to the breast (often due to a vertebral subluxation) or trauma following a fall.
The torsional forces applied to the baby’s neck during childbirth can create many problems, which is why it is essential to have your child’s spine checked as soon as possible!