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Downtown Chiropractic

Chiropractic

an introduction

Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in the principles of science,  and is concerned with the care of the entire human body. Chiropractors use various diagnostic methods, including x-rays if necessary, to discover the state of your health, paying particular attention to your spine and bone structure.  Chiropractors palpate your spine and joints by hand in order to understand what function or joint movement has been altered,  and thereby determine what course of treatment may be needed including manual therapy, trigger points, ice packs, heat, acupuncture, massage therapy or strengthening exercises.  Though Chiropractors focus on the biomechanics of the spine, evaluations are also made of extremity joints and muscles when necessary or needed.  Spinal manipulation is the very essence of Chiropractic and involves manual adjustments to the spine or other joints to help your body heal and return to optimum health.  Such manipulations, or spinal adjustments as they are often called, introduce proper movement to joints that have lost normal motion,  in order to improve mechanics, decrease pain and promote healing.

Downtown Chiropractic provides care for patients of all ages including both acute and chronic conditions.

Along with advice about self help, exercise, diet and lifestyle, our Chiropractors often provide support for pain management, sports injuries and active rehabilitation.  They are also able to refer to other specialties that may be needed in the course of your care, such as medical doctors, surgeons, massage therapists, physiotherapists, etc.

The word "chiropractic" comes from a combination of the Greek words "chiro" and "praktikis", meaning "done by hand". "Treatment by hand" was an accepted form of therapy long ago in ancient Greece. Hippocrates, who is regarded as the founder of medical inquiry, made the first recorded references to spinal manipulation. 1995 marked the 100th anniversary of the evolution of modern chiropractic.  Chiropractic education in Canada requires a minimum  seven years of study to become a licensed Chiropractor.