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Chiropractic is a health profession that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) disorders, as well as the effects of these disorders on a person’s general health.
Emphasis is placed on manual treatments, including spinal and joint manipulations as well as soft tissue techniques. .
The approach to chiropractic care is both preventive and curative. Its objective is not only to relieve, but also to prevent the emergence of symptoms or pain related to poor functioning of the spine or other joints, muscles and nerves.
Chiropractic care can be adapted to all types of clientele, from birth and up to any age The chiropractor enables people to enjoy life to the fullest by treating conditions of and optimizing the neuromusculoskeletal system.
(Source: Order of chiropractors of Quebec)
First chiropractic visits
Chronic and persistent pain
Chiropractic for babies
Chiropractic during early childhood
Chiropractic for children (school age)
Chiropractic for teenagers
Chiropractic for pregnant women
Chiropractic and postural correction
Chiropractic for seniors
First chiropractic visits: what can be expected?
The initial examination
The first visit with your chiropractor is a visit lasting 45 minutes to 1 hour. This visit is very important because it serves to get to know you well and to be able to establish an accurate diagnosis in order to offer you the best possible care plan.
Everything starts before you even arrive at the clinic! You will have to complete a detailed health questionnaire (online or in person) which will allow your chiropractor to learn more about you and your health condition.
Once you arrive at the clinic, the first step of your consultation will be a thorough discussion with your chiropractor concerning your health history and the reason that led you to consult.
Afterwards, your chiropractor will perform a physical examination to assess several aspects of your health and clearly identify the cause of your symptoms, if you have any. This review includes, among other things:
- Neurological assessment
- Orthopedic assessment
- Muscle assessment
- Postural assessment
Following the physical examination, your chiropractor will be able to decide and discuss with you whether it is appropriate to proceed with a radiological examination. If a radiological evaluation is undertaken, everything happens directly at the clinic, in our radiology room.
Following the initial exam, your chiropractor will review all of the assessment results, make a diagnosis and establish a care plan.
Chiropractic patient report
One of the most important aspects of your care is understanding your condition, the treatment options available to you, and the concrete actions you can take to improve your overall health.
During your second visit (or right after your initial examination in the event of an emergency), your chiropractor will take the time to explain the following aspects to you in detail:
- What are the basics of chiropractic and how it work ;
- What is the nature of your symptoms, your diagnosis and the results of each of your assessments ;
- What treatment options are available to you, both in chiropractic and with other health professionals.
Following these explanations, you will be able to make an informed decision on the care you wish to undertake and obtain, if necessary, your first chiropractic treatment.
Each chiropractic treatment is unique and tailored specifically to each individual. It is by discussing with your chiropractor that you will decide together which approach suits you best.
Chiropractic is known and recognized for its very sophisticated approach to manual therapy. We often refer to it by the term “chiropractic adjustment.”
Chiropractic adjustment is therefore a spinal or joint manipulation that aims to restore the normal function of a joint, the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments and the nervous system.
There are several types of chiropractic adjustments that adapt to all types of clienteles, such as
- the HVLA mobilization (High Velocity Low Amplitude) which is recognized for the famous “crack” sound that often accompanies it.
- Slow joint mobilization which consists of more sustained movements
- Adjustment assisted by percussion, performed with a device that induces a vibration on the joint
- Adjustment by light pressure (“hold”) often used in pediatrics
In addition to the chiropractic adjustment, several other approaches are used by your chiropractor, such as :
- Spinal decompression, a computer-assisted treatment on a special table often used for chronic neck or lower back pain
- Assisted muscle therapies such as Active Release Technique (ART), Graston technique, cupping, etc.
- Neuro-proprioceptive taping (kinesiotaping)
- Complementary therapies such as ultrasound or transcutaneous neurostimulator therapy (TENS)
- Finally, your chiropractor will give you all relevant recommendations to allow you to be as independent and as responsible as possible for your health. For example, you may receive recommendations regarding:
- Improving your work or sleep ergonomics
- The prescription of exercises specific to your condition
- Improving your lifestyle in general
- Referral to another healthcare professional if needed
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